Tuesday, July 22, 2003


The police should not have needed to resort to any of this nonsense anyway:

“An armed robber convicted after being secretly filmed at a police station was awarded £1,000 compensation yesterday for a breach of his human rights.

Stephen Perry, 39, was arrested in Wolverhampton in 1997 by police investigating attacks on mini-cab drivers in which passengers stole cash.

Perry repeatedly refused to join identity parades but was filmed when he visited a police station in the town after officers had adjusted the custody suite camera to take clearer images.

The pictures were edited into a compilation tape showing other individuals and victims picked out Perry as the robber. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, found Britain responsible for a breach of Perry's right to respect for his private life. The court said that, although normal use of security cameras would not amount to a breach of the Human Rights convention, he had no reason to expect footage to be used for identification.

"That ploy adopted by the police went beyond the normal use of this type of camera and amounted to an interference with the applicant's rights to respect for his private life," said the judges.

Police had "flouted" the relevant code of practice, failing to ask Perry for his consent or allowing him to see the tape in advance.

The Government was ordered to pay Perry £1,000 in compensation for his "feelings of frustration and invasion of privacy" and nearly £6,700 towards his legal costs.

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