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Turning the focus on the police

Issue No. 2212

Police have been placing bags over dozens of recently-installed surveillance cameras in Birmingham following their humiliation at an outraged public meeting in Sparkbrook three weeks ago.

Assistant chief constable Sharon Rowe was forced to apologise for the installation of over 218 surveillance cameras, and 70 covert cameras in areas that have sizeable Muslim populations.

At least £3 million was spent on the Project Champion cameras. Campaigners discovered the money came from the police’s anti-terrorism fund.

There was no consultation with local communities.

Campaigners have held a number of open organising meetings and activities aimed at stepping up pressure for the removal of all the cameras.

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Tue 27 Jul 2010, 17:54 BST
Issue No. 2212
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