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Now it’s the citizen snoopers: Councils recruit unpaid volunteers to spy on their neighbours

Posted By admin On August 30, 2008 @ 3:07 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

David Derbyshire
UK Daily Mail [1]
Saturday, Aug 30, 2008

Councils are recruiting ‘citizen snoopers’ to report litter louts, dog foulers and even people who fail to sort out their rubbish properly.

The ‘environment volunteers’ will also be responsible for encouraging neighbours to cut down on waste.

The move comes as local authorities dish out £100 fines to householders who leave out too much rubbish or fail to follow recycling rules.

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It will fuel fears that Britain is lurching towards a Big Brother society, following the revelation this week that the Home Office is extending some police powers to council staff and private security guards.

Critics said the latest scheme could easily be abused and encourage a culture of bin spies and curtain twitchers.

Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Snooping on your neighbours to report recycling infringements sounds like something straight out of the East German Stasi’s copybook.

‘With council tax so high, the last thing people want to pay for is an army of busybodies peering through their net curtains at their neighbours as they put out their rubbish.’

Recruitment adverts appealing for the unpaid environmental volunteers have appeared across the country in recent months.

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[1] UK Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1050738/Now-citizen-snoopers-Councils-recruit-unpaid-volunteers-spy-neighbours.html

[2] ‘Environmental volunteers’ will be encouraged to spy on their neighbours: http://www.prisonplanet.com/environmental-volunteers-will-be-encouraged-to-spy-on-their-neighbours.html

[3] Town halls hire citizen snoopers as young as SEVEN to spy on neighbours and report wrongs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/town-halls-hire-citizen-snoopers-as-young-as-seven-to-spy-on-neighbours-and-report-wrongs.html

[4] Big Brother alert over surge in ‘citizen spies’ as thousands more volunteer to snoop on neighbours: http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-brother-alert-over-surge-in-citizen-spies-as-thousands-more-volunteer-to-snoop-on-neighbours.html

[5] Beware the bin snooper next door: Residents asked to report neighbours for putting rubbish out too early: http://www.prisonplanet.com/beware-the-bin-snooper-next-door-residents-asked-to-report-neighbours-for-putting-rubbish-out-too-early.html

[6] Citizen snoopers recruited to spy on Londoners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/citizen-snoopers-recruited-to-spy-on-londoners.html

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