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FIRST CCTV SCHEME LAUNCHED ON HOUSING ESTATE

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Closed-circuit surveillance cameras were launched yesterday for the first time on council housing estates. ...
Closed-circuit surveillance cameras were launched yesterday for the first time on council housing estates.

The Times reports (p6) a mixed reaction from civil liberties groups and residents to the scheme in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Liberty, the civil rights group, said the move was a dangerous precedent. It fears a gap in legislation controlling public surveillance means anyone can install cameras.

'We are concerned about the extension of CCTV into residential areas, particularly because of the absence of regulations, which allows anyone to set up the cameras and use material for their own purposes,' a Liberty spokesman told The Times.

The £500,000 cost of the Newcastle scheme has been met by the government's City Challenge scheme. Annual operating costs are estimated at £60,000.
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