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COUNCILS URGED NOT TO USE CCTV FOOTAGE FOR COMMERCIAL GAIN

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Following articles in the national press which revealed that a film-maker is trying to buy up local authority CCTV ...
Following articles in the national press which revealed that a film-maker is trying to buy up local authority CCTV footage to make a tape for the Christmas market, Dacorum BC has firmly ruled out any suggestion that such clips will be sold to commercial film-makers, and urged other authorities to follow suit.

Graham Petts, assistant director of law and administration said:

'We deplore this idea and will refuse point blank if we are approached. We would also urge other councils to follow our lead and nip this disgraceful business in the bud.

'Our cameras in Hemel Hempstead town centre are there for the safety of people and the security of property and not for salacious public entertainment.

'If we ever allow footage to be used by anyone else - as we did recently under carefully controlled circumstances for a Channel 4 programme on the protection which CCTV brings - it is only after consultation with the police, and only if it is to be used in a responsible way for crime prevention purposes or as a deterrent.'
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