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News - 13 September 2008
CCTV footage to be used only for 'more serious' offences
Following criticism that CCTV was used - unsuccessfully - to prosecute a minor case of littering, Hull enforcement officials have ruled out using the city's CCTV system to catch culprits.
There are almost 300 cameras on the council-run network but the council said it was only prepared to use CCTV surveillance footage for evidence in more serious cases of illegal fly-tipping. Tracy Harsley, head of the Citysafe crime and disorder reduction partnership, said: "Covert surveillance is only appropriate for more serious enviro-crimes, such as fly-tipping.We have not used CCTV for things such as dog-fouling and littering and we have no plans to do so."
Her comments came after a court dismissed a case against a Hull woman accused of dropping a sausage roll wrapper in a city centre street. A judge ruled in favour of 21-year-old Sarah Davies, who challenged her £75 littering fine.
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