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Closed circuit television evidence

Press Release   •   Jul 20, 2012 08:50 BST

Procedure for the release of evidence

Arguably, closed circuit television is one of the most powerful tools to be developed during recent years to assist with efforts to combat crime and disorder whilst enhancing community safety. The Council is committed to the belief that everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life. Although the use of CCTV cameras has become widely accepted in the United Kingdom as an effective security tool, those people who do express concern tend to do so over the handling of the information (data) which the system gathers.

The CCTV system was put in place to protect the members of public, to give a feeling of safety and reassurance and to prevent and detect crime accordingly and every effort will be given to assist any members of the public, their agents or representatives who wish to use it. In the event of a member of the public wishing to view a recorded image, they must first request a subject access form which is available from the CCTV manager and return it correctly filled in and with the correct payment. The applicant must prove that they have just reason for the request giving as much detail and correct timings as possible. Each case will be viewed and considered on its own merits, however the applicant must make their request within the thirty one days of the "incident/occurrence" where the video tape will be withdrawn from the system.