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Unholy row, over made up marriage - Choudry Kanwal an illegal immigrant from Pakistan is being sought by police, after his sham marriage to an eastern european woman was inadvertantly captured on CCTV. The bride Marcela Tancosova from Slovakia has been jailed for twelve months after having been paid to take part in a civil ceremony at Sheffield Register Office in 2010. The recording from the premises security camera clearly showed the married couple removing their rings and handing them back to an accomplice, just moments after they were proclaimed man and wife. - Source - Mirror.co.uk 16th July 2012


Money for nothing, and criminals on a spree - It's been reported that the New York City Housing Authority had set aside $ 42m of tax payers money to provide security cameras in their housing projects, but thus far none of it has been used. Despite the money having been accrued over the last eight years, and serious crime continuing to rise across the authority's 334 housing estates, red tape is blamed for the ongoing log jam which has prevented cameras from being deployed. - Source - New York Daily News 13th July 2012

Ex loses patience with doctor - A physicians assistant who had been dating a heart surgeon for six years, has been awarded $ 2 million in damages by Hartford Superior Court in Connecticut. A case was brought after it came to light that the medic had secreted a number of hidden CCTV cameras in his ex girlfriends house, along with a variety of other surveillance devices. Whilst the civil case for invasion of privacy has resulted in a hefty fine, no criminal charges or disciplinary action have resulted. - Source - Hartford Courant 13th July 2012

Celebrity split CCTV has cover up tape - Following the recent "bombshell" revelations that Mr and Mrs. Tom Cruise were set to divorce, it's been alleged that during a final stay together in a swishy hotel in Reykjavic, security officers were directed to place black duct tape over all the CCTV cameras located along the 9th floor corridor, adjacent to their private suite. - Source - Radar Online.com 11th July 2012

Smart thinking over utter stupidity - An adjudicator at a UK Traffic Penalty Tribunal, has ruled that Local Authority CCTV equipped parking enforcement vehicles should not be used in situations where a parking control officer can carry out the work on foot. The decision follows an appeal against a parking ticket issued by Southend Council. The driver of the local authority's 'Smart' car enforcement vehicle, had to get out to check whether the offending car was displaying a disabled drivers badge, whilst parked on a single yellow line. The adjudicator ruled that if the camera operator had to carry out a manual inspection, then the ticket should not have been issued automatically and it was an inappropriate use of the enforcement vehicle. - Source - The Telegraph 11th July 2012


All systems go, for Stop Sign cameras - The U.S. Conference of Mayors have been looking at ways to improve child safety on school transport, right across the nation. At their recent annual meeting, a resolution was passed to support the widescale adoption of CCTV cameras on the outside of school buses, intended to spot errant motorists that illegally pass the vehicles when picking up or dropping off their charges. A recent survey of 28 states suggested that over 76,000 motorists break the law daily, and on average almost a dozen children a year are tragically killed by passing vehicles. - Source - School Transportation News 10th July 2012

If it's broke don't pay for it - Sutton Bridge and Crowland Parish Councils have refused to pay the annual maintenance costs for CCTV on their manors, because it doesn't work. The Lincolnshire council's are holding back on paying thousands of pounds to South Holland District Council, as both cameras have long since broken down, and the maintenance contractor has failed to repair them. A new improved district CCTV scheme is set to be discussed by councillors in the next few weeks. - Source - Spalding Today 9th July 2012

Give it arrest - Success for the Haridwar Police in India, after a child kidnapper was identified and arrested as a result of their analysing CCTV recordings. Three year old Sangeeta was recorded on camera being taken from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus bus station by a limping man, who led her away as her family slept beside her. The recordings were widely broadcast on indian television channels, and the suspect was quickly spotted by members of the public. The Government Railway Police and local officers from the Railway Police Force have since fallen out, counter claiming over who should take the credit for catching the suspect and returning the snatched child to her family. - Source - Daily News & Analysis (DNA) 8th July 2012


Canadian cop caught collecting cameras - An off duty police officer was allegedly seen entering a house in South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, and removing a number of security cameras. The 9 year veteran of the Niagara Regional Police now faces various charges relating to trespass, damage and theft, and has been suspended on full pay pending further investigations. - Source - The Spec.com 6th July 2012

New solution to an age old problem? - The founder of the pressure group 'Your Voice Matters', has launched an online petition to have CCTV cameras installed in every elderly care home across the UK. Highlighting the potential for abuse and poor standards of care, the campaign calls for 24 hour surveillance to be installed on all care premises, even in bathrooms and sleeping areas. So far around 100 signatures have been received supporting the idea, which hardly surprisingly has been less than warmly welcomed by privacy campaigners. - Source - This is Cornwall 6th July 2012


Constables painting a less than accurate picture - A Local Court Magistrate in Ballina, New South Wales, was hardly impressed to discover that a number of policemen had lied under oath, when claiming that their prisoner assaulted one of their number whilst being moved between cells. After damaged CCTV footage was recovered from the police station and repaired, the recording clearly showed that the 23 year old aboriginal man was in fact the subject of an assault himself, having been attacked by two of the officers. After commenting that the damage to the CCTV footage appeared suspicious, the magistrate threw out the assault charge against the victim, and having referred the matter for further independent investigation, is now considering possible charges of contempt against the colluding constables. - Source - The Sydney Morning Herald 6th July 2012

What's the odds ...? - If you run a CCTV installation company and your premises are festooned with security cameras, petty crime should be fairly low on your list of immediate problems. At least that's the theory, but for Bay Camera and Communication in Morecombe, the sight of their van parked out front proved just that little bit too tempting for 25 year old Matthew Taylor, who actually took three attempts to smash the vehicles window with a rock, before escaping with minor items. Having been recorded by thirteen CCTV cameras, and later convicted at Morecombe Magistrates Court, he received 18 months community service with supervision, 6 months drug rehab and was ordered to pay 323 compensation. - Source - The Visitor 4th July 2012


Can't serve spirits without a licence - There's more than just tea brewing in the Curiositeaz Vintage Tea Room in Perth, Scotland. Whilst reviewing the CCTV footage, owner Dan Clifford spotted a ghostly apparition on the recording, and that after months of strange happenings being reported by both staff, and the occasional passing medium. Local experts in all things paranormal have described the security camera recording as"...the most striking evidence they had come across in almost ten years", although CCTV technical experts may just have a slightly different perspective on it. - Source - The Daily Record 3rd July 2012

Shot himself in the foot ...? - The licensee of The Longbow pub in the village of Stapleford, Cambridgeshire, has come unstuck after police forced it's closure following a raid. Acting on intelligence received, investigating officers have discovered a catalogue of alleged drug dealing, drug taking, and unreported fights on the premises, some of which appear to have been deliberately deleted from the inn's Closed Circuit TV system. Leading on from the allegations, South Cambridgeshire District Council are shortly due to rule on whether to revoke the premises licence. - Source - Cambridge News 19th June 2012

 

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