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Spy cameras are �waste of money�
August 20, 2007

BIDFORD'S CCTV cameras were at the centre of controversy this week after it was revealed that images captured of anti-social behaviour were not good enough to prosecute offenders.

The cameras were severely damaged during the July floods but the one at the top of the High Street was still functioning and caught the culprits smashing the windows of Bidford News in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The same thing happened along the street at One Stop around the same time but this was not caught on the CCTV camera opposite the newsagent as it was not repaired until the following day.

The owner of Bidford News, Colin Welch, was told by police the CCTV images caught at about 3.30am were so poor they were no use.

He said: "It is a bit of a nuisance really."

Now the issue of the CCTV images being too dim and jeopardising prosecutions has risen again.

Warwickshire County Councillor Peter Barnes and Stratford District Councillor Daren Pemberton had expressed concerns over the issue in March and said the parish council should act.

Cllr Barnes said: "The lights are not sufficient to give a good image to prosecute offenders. This is totally unacceptable.

"It is a total waste of time and money getting them repaired when they still can't do anything.

"The county council changed the bulbs in their cameras to give a brighter image and we are waiting for the parish council to do the same."

Parish Clerk Elisabeth Uggerloese said: "The fibre optics in the camera were faulty due to the damage caused during the floods. This would have affected the CCTV images.

"But now they have been repaired and are in full working order."




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