Is it right to use CCTV to target communities?
When the cameras first appeared - there had been no public consultation before - the police said they were for fighting normal crime, like anti-social behaviour and car crime.
But it turned out more than £3m from a special government anti-terror fund had paid for them. The system will not be dismantled and despite earlier assurances could yet be used for counter-terrorism purposes, West Midlands Police have told the BBC.
Should there be more police patrols rather than CCTV cameras? Does the use of cameras in this way disrupt community cohesion? Do CCTV cameras protect communities or are they eroding civil liberties?
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