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Calling a fiasco a fiasco

There are times when the news poses a challenge to this website, which seeks to bear witness to the best, but here in yesterday's Scotsman is Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, calling a spade a spade, and we welcome his words -

BRITAIN'S network of CCTV cameras has been branded "an utter fiasco" for failing to cut crime, despite billions of pounds being spent on it.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, who is in charge of closed-circuit television for the Metropolitan Police Force, claimed only 3 per cent of the capital's street robberies are solved using security camera footage and criminals are not afraid of being caught on film.

The UK has the highest level of camera surveillance in the world, according to civil liberty groups and security experts, with an estimated 4.2 million CCTV cameras on buildings, shops, roads and stations.

Mr Neville told the Security Document World Conference in London: "CCTV was originally seen as a preventative measure. Billions of pounds has been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court.

"It's been an utter fiasco."

George Orwell thought of a use for these cameras when he warned us away from them in 1984.

Get policeman back on the streets walking the beat, and consign CCTV cameras and police paperwork to the recycling bins.