West Midlands Police ‘Spy’ cameras sold off for £1 each

CCTV Street Cameraall credits: Birmingham Mail
published: 29th September 2011

Controversial spy cameras removed after being secretly put up by counter-terrorism officials in two predominantly Muslim areas of Birmingham are being recycled for Olympics security – for £1 each. West Midlands Police has handed 22 number plate recognition cameras to the Metropolitan Police, nine to Strathclyde and two to Essex to help protect venues during next year’s Olympics.

“In order to support this critical business need, the ANPR equipment was redeployed at a nominal charge of £1 each for the transfer of ownership,” a report to West Midlands Police Authority revealed.

Eleven other cameras are to be installed in Coventry to protect the Ricoh Arena during the international sporting event.

The force still retains more than 70 covert cameras and 85 overt cameras that were taken down following a massive public outcry over the lack of formal consultation over the £3million project to install them, codenamed Project Champion, as part of an anti-terror scheme.

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