Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Guilty Are Camera Shy; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Guilty Are Camera Shy; Your Say

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I GATHER the new coalition government wants to reduce the number of CCTV cameras on the streets of Britain as a way of stopping us becoming "a Big Brother state".

Now I am as keen on maintaining civil liberties as anyone, but I am also very conscious that many criminals apprehended and found guilty of committing crimes or anti-social behaviour on the streets of Teesside were only caught by the use of those very same CCTV cameras.

I really wonder if either David Cameron or David Clegg has had actual experience of the problems afflicting communities like ours. I very much doubt it.

If they have had that experience then they might come down from their ivory tower and realise that CCTV both actually serves a purpose and is very popular with law abiding folk who merely have the simple desire to have a better quality of life.

DAVID WALSH, Teesside * * * * * * WHILST welcoming the ConDem decision to scrap the ID card scheme, what about the 15,000 misguided early adopters who parted with pounds 30 for cards now to be invalidated without refund? It would cost little or nothing for these cards to run to the end of their original validity and the Government is being pettily vindictive in not allowing this.

JOHN HEIN, Liberal Party National Executive * * * * * * I WOULD like to dispel certain myths created by the letter from Steve Lunn (Gala Price Right, 27.05.10).

* Thousands of people have been helped by Dari and her office. Thornaby counts for about 20-25% of the constituency so Dari and the Labour team spent a reasonable amount of time there. Ingleby Barwick holds a similar percentage.

During the election campaign, we knocked on the vast majority of doors in the constituency. We didn't hole ourselves up in Thornaby - we spent every evening going around Stockton and Ingleby campaigning. We also went round Parkfield.

* Ingleby Barwick has never had Labour councillors, so we did not lose the area to Independents. …

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