In the Media

Council plans to listen in on street life

PUBLISHED May 4, 2005

A local authority is planning to attach 24-hour surveillance microphones to its lamp posts in a move that raises the spectre of George Orwell's Big Brother on Britain's streets.

The first microphones, which are linked wirelessly to Westminster council's headquarters, are designed to monitor rowdy bars and nightclubs in central London. They will also be installed in housing estates in an attempt to stop nuisance neighbours.