'It is right that the issue of civil liberties is raised but the system wouldn't have been introduced unless people in the area wanted it,' he said.
'We held 50 public meetings to canvass local opinion before taking this step. Law-abiding people don't have anything to fear but muggers, burglars and other criminals do.'
Former Newcastle City Council leader Jeremy Beecham told The Journal:
'It advances the effectiveness about the police force, freeing men up for other duties. We already have a list of possible new sites and hopefully the scheme will be extended.'