Rethink call on CCTV rules shake-up

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THE Government is under pressure to re-think its plans to tighten the regulation of CCTV cameras.

Shipley MP Philip Davies has called for more CCTV cameras to be introduced after the technology played a major part in convict- ing Levi Bellfield for the murder of Milly Dowler.

Fellow Tory backbencher Peter Bone has also questioned why Ministers are introducing new regulations when they have promised to sweep away “unnecessary” red tape.

The unease among some Tory MPs adds to criticism of the Government from Labour over the introduction of a new Code of Practice to govern the use of CCTV.

A recent investigation by the Yorkshire Post revealed there were now more than 2,000 cameras in operation by Yorkshire councils alone, and local authorities claim they have played a part in 15,000 arrests over the past three years.

Mr Davies said the Bellfield conviction was “a timely reminder that we should be making it easier, not harder, for the police to use CCTV, and that we need more CCTV, not less”.

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said: “I certainly recognise the value of CCTV but we must be careful to ensure that there is no loss of trust and confidence in its use among communities throughout the country.

“Our approach is focused on the points I have identified: ensuring trust, confidence and the genuine belief in the use of CCTV moving forward. That is at the core of our proposals.”