A Leyton man claims a CCTV camera is 'spying' on his flat

Rodney Best and the CCTV camera outside his flat.

Rodney Best and the CCTV camera outside his flat.

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A COUNCIL CCTV camera is ‘spying’ on a Leyton flat, a resident claims.

Rodney Best, 62, a bus driver, of Market Parade, said the camera keeps turning to face his or his daughter’s bedroom window and they have been forced to live behind closed curtains.

Mr Best, who is currently at home with a broken hip and spotted the camera turning towards his second-floor flat again today, said: “I’ve caught it three times.

“I’ve been in touch with the council but they don’t seem to want to do anything about it.”

He added that he has been told the camera, which is about 12 feet from his bedroom window, should have been fitted with a bracket to stop it turning.

His daughter, Louise-Anne, 24, stays with him a few times a week, and has also seen the camera pointing at her window.

“They said the bracket must have broken but it hasn’t been fixed,” Mr Best said.

“My daughter’s having to live behind closed curtains because she’s scared someone’s spying on her.”

He said he has also been told the camera is in operation 24 hours a day.

Mr Best said: “Two years, I’ve been complaining. The council has said if it’s been looking in, they should be able to find out, but I don’t like that idea.

“Looking at street crime’s one thing but looking into a bedroom is quite another, especially when it involves a young woman.”

Cabinet member for community safety, enforcement and protection Cllr Afzal Akram said: "I would like to apologise to Mr Best and his daughter for this intrusion into their privacy.

"The fault with the camera was first reported to us on Monday (November 23) and further investigation shows that the high winds we experienced that day had broken the camera mounting which enables it to rotate and tilt.

"Our engineers will be working to repair this camera and the other cameras damaged by the weekend's high winds as a matter of urgency and we expect this work to be completed in the next couple of days."

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6:43pm Mon 23 Nov 09

mdj says...

If it's only 12 ft away, try lassooing it with a plastic bag. That should get a response
If it's only 12 ft away, try lassooing it with a plastic bag. That should get a response mdj
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11:00pm Mon 23 Nov 09

Seeing Sense says...

Suggestion for new headline: old man home alone has too much time to obsess over minor bugbear.

Slow news day?
Suggestion for new headline: old man home alone has too much time to obsess over minor bugbear. Slow news day? Seeing Sense
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11:29am Tue 24 Nov 09

Techno2 says...

Somewhere there a very bored CCTV operator who has finished all the donuts and is no longer doing his job.
Somewhere there a very bored CCTV operator who has finished all the donuts and is no longer doing his job. Techno2
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1:16pm Tue 24 Nov 09

G. Tingey says...

Put an opaque bag over it - like those on the Hoe Street / Selbourne Road treffic lights!
That should get the incompetents of LBWF's attention
Put an opaque bag over it - like those on the Hoe Street / Selbourne Road treffic lights! That should get the incompetents of LBWF's attention G. Tingey
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