Sep 282010
 September 28, 2010  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Henry Porter comments:

This is a contribution to a seminar held to accompany the Tate Modern’s ExhibitionExposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera.

There is a man living in Carlisle called Christian Lord. Until this summer his name was as unblemished as it sounds.

All was right with his life until he noticed that an unoccupied house opposite his own place had sprouted a CCTV camera that was aimed into his bedroom.

His partner was depressed and suffered sleepless nights, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. He crept into the property, removed the camera and threw it in a near by river. He was then arrested, prosecuted, fined £1,500 and given a 12-month probation supervision order.

I must say that if there is any crime in Britain that I wholeheartedly support it is this one. For me the offence of the unwarranted intrusion into a man’s private life far outweighs the offence of theft of the camera concerned. But the crucial aspect of the case is that no one could determine who placed the camera outside Mr Lord’s bedroom, or for what purpose.

Read more on OurKingdom.

Via @PoliceStateUK

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