The camera system now established was installed after widespread public consultation and agreement. To suggest that it might be used for irresponsible snooping is outrageous and in direct conflict with the guidance and instructions for this or any other CCTV operation in the Northumbria Police area.
We are proud of our record with CCTV, which has helped reduce crime in this densely populated part of the North-east for over three years. Your article seems designed to alarm members of the public and cast doubt on police monitoring standards.
D J Mellish
Deputy Chief Constable, Northumbria Police
Newcastle upon Tyne