Big Brother Watch: Councils spend £0.5bn on CCTV

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Our latest report highlights the cost to local authorities of their CCTV operations – £515m in the past four years.

There are now at least 51,600 CCTV cameras controlled by local authorities, with five councils now operating more than 1,000 cameras. In comparison, £515m would put an extra 4,121 police constables on the streets – the equivalent of Northumbria police’s entire force.

Leicester has the highest number of cameras (2083) at a cost of £4.76m and Nottingham is 4th with 1120 cameras (£4.67m).

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