Birmingham City Council remove CCTV System
5 November 2012
Birmingham City Council has removed and destroyed CCTV cameras system after a failed operation to monitor traffic coming in and out of specific parts of the city.
Project Champion was funded by a Government anti-terrorism grant and saw over 200 cameras put up in predominantly Muslim areas of the city without any public consultation. This led to accusations of discrimination and that West Midlands Police was ‘spying’ on Muslims.
The full cost of removing the cameras and redeploying them is now being estimated at over £300,000, with 64 cameras being destroyed because it was not “economically or technically viable” to redeploy them.
53 cameras were sold to other forces for around £1 each and 63 retained in the Midlands to fight organised crime.
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