Occult class leader spooked by cameras

A WORLE man is concerned that a CCTV camera planned for the village's High Street will strip his family of its privacy. Scott Jones, who runs controversial occult classes at Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road, is worried that one of three safety came

A WORLE man is concerned that a CCTV camera planned for the village's High Street will strip his family of its privacy.Scott Jones, who runs controversial occult classes at Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road, is worried that one of three safety cameras which are due to be installed before Christmas will be just 15 feet away from his home.He said: "It's going to look directly into my living room and into the bedrooms of my partner's 16-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son."Operators go through security checks but you just don't know who's at the end of the camera. These cameras can see up to half a mile and they cover 360 degrees and can look up and down. It's going to be looking into an awful lot of houses around here."There are certain things everyone does in their front room that they wouldn't do in public, like walking round in your underwear, dressing down or even picking your nose. You wouldn't want someone watching you doing it."Mr Jones has also consulted every estate agent in Worle High Street and said all but one confirmed his house would lose value if a camera was put up outside.But a North Somerset Council spokeswoman said all CCTV operators are trained to BTEC standards, are vetted by the police and hold Security Industry Association licences.She said: "The camera won't be looking into any bedroom windows. The domes can be programmed to 'black out' if they are directly outside any window. The system is overt and not intended to look onto or into private dwellings."The chairman of North Somerset Council, Roz Willis, has also invited Mr Jones into the CCTV control room when the camera is operational so he can see just how much the cameras pick up.


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