Do number plate cameras add up?

CCTV camera
CCTV camera

The Information Commissioner is to visit Hucknall at the end of this month to review the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR) following a complaint from a member of the public.

A police spokesman said: “If you hold a view about the use of ANPR cameras, either in favour or against, we would like to hear from you.”

You can email to let police know your views.

Replies, with your personal details removed, will be presented to the commissioner on the day.

CCTV cameras equipped with ANPR software take pictures of vehicles as they travel on roads and motorways. The numbers on the photos are then electronically cross-referred to databases used by the police and officers are informed if the owner is wanted by the police.

There are now more than 8,000 cameras in the network, and senior officers hope it will be extended as they see ANPR cameras as a key tool that helps to cut crime and save lives. However, privacy campaigners have raised concerns about the scale of the expansion of the system, describing it as ‘very intrusive technology’.