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Southend's camera cars make £600k for council

17 January 2014 Last updated at 14:14 GMT

CCTV camera cars which catch drivers parking illegally have raised more than £600,000 in two years for a council in Essex.

The vehicles, called spy cars by critics, are used by four councils in the county.

Two were introduced in Southend in 2011 and within a year had brought in more than £180,000 for the council. The following year the number of fines went up dramatically and raised almost £430,000.

Communities Secretary and Essex MP Eric Pickles has called for the camera cars to be banned. He says the devices should be used to tackle crime and not to raise money for councils.

Gareth George reports.

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