ANPR ‘ring of steel’ tightens around Royston

Ewan Foskett writes in local newspaper the Royston Crow:

THE controversial automatic number plate recognition ‘ring of steel’ has almost been completed around Royston with the majority of cameras installed.

It is unknown if the devices are all fully operational and Hertfordshire Constabulary will not reveal the location of the cameras – which will make the town the first in the country to be encircled by ANPR cameras.

The cameras which will monitor all roads in and out of the town have not been without their critics with national pressure groups pushing Royston to the forefront of a civil liberty battle.

Big Brother Watch, No CCTV and Privacy International have all opposed the cameras, concerned that information will be retained and examined by data mining software.

As well as lodging a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office, they say there is no precedent for their installation.