Shouting Big Brother Cameras Spreading in UK

Bridlington Today
Thursday, March 22, 2007

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BIG Brother-style 'talking' CCTV cameras are to be used to combat troublemakers.

A pilot scheme will see loudspeakers linked to six cameras covering anti-social behaviour hotspots in Bridlington town centre.

It will allow controllers to warn people causing problems that they are being watched.

Someone seen dropping litter can be asked to pick it up and put it in a bin.

And people involved in a fight or drunken behaviour can be told they are being filmed and that the police are on their way.

Insp Steve Jackson, head of Bridlington police, said: "To have someone shout at them that they are being watched should give most people who are guilty of anti-social behaviour a bit of a shock. It should have a positive effect.

"When police are already en route to a scene it can help diffuse the situation.

"It could be as simple as saying 'you in the blue sweater, pick up that litter you have just dropped and put it in the bin'."

Loudspeakers will be linked to existing cameras at six known problem areas: Queen Street; Prince Street; the Fort Terrace/Regent Terrace area; the harbour top; Promenade, opposite Landsdowne Road, near Leisure World; and Promenade itself.

It will be one-way communication, the public will not be able to talk back.

Max Hough, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's crime and disorder reduction manager, said the system should be launched this year.

"The idea has already been used in Middlesbrough with some success.

"We want to see what kind of impact it has on Bridlington," said Mr Hough.

The Bridlington pilot, which could be rolled out elsewhere in the county if it is successful, is the idea of East Riding council's Nightsafe partnership with the police, licensing officials and Humberside Neighbourhood Watch groups.

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