Respect Party councillors lodge complaints over spy cameras

Two Birmingham councillors have lodged official complaints with the Independent Police Complaints Commission claiming they were deliberately misled over a hugely controversial project to tackle terrorism.

Sparkbrook Respect Party councillors Mohammed Ishtiaq and Salma Yaqoob have written to the IPPC demanding action is taken against senior officers who they said told them the prime focus of a £3million project would be to prevent crime in Sparkbrook and Moseley and not to spy on Muslims.

Police and council leaders were last week forced to put bags over 216 CCTV and ANPR equipment, which were installed in April, after accepting they had failed to consult community leaders from the wards affected.

Coun Salma Yaqoob said: “The way they went about it was very misleading and makes us lose confidence and trust. This is the only way to bring to light what’s gone on.”

Birmingham Mail, 22 June 2010