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COUNCIL PAYS OUT AFTER OBJECTION TO HIGH-TECH SURVEILLANCE

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A woman put under surveillance by Nottingham City Council after complaints of anti-social behaviour has been awarde...
A woman put under surveillance by Nottingham City Council after complaints of anti-social behaviour has been awarded£11,050 by the European Court for Human Rights.

Janette Martin, 44, complained under Articles 8 (right to respect for family life) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms about the decision of the council to place her home under surveillance, using a hidden video camera, following complaints from her neighbours about her behaviour and that of her children.

The case has been struck out following a friendly settlement in which the applicant is to receive£4,000 in damages and£7,050 for costs.

Nottingham executive board member for housing, Dave Trimble, said:

'I know that the vast majority of our tenants applaud the council's determination to insist that the peace and quiet of their homes and their neighbourhoods is respected.

'City council tenants sign up to tenancy agreements that prohibit them, their families and visitors to their home from abusing or harassing their neighbours, damaging their homes or property and any act calculated to disturb other people. We will continue to take any action possible within the law to clamp down on breaches of the tenancy agreement, including court action to evict the persistent offender.'

* Martin v. United Kingdom (no. 63608/00) Friendly settlement

judgment.

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