FURIOUS residents have taken action against a CCTV camera they say is spying on their homes.
They have branded the device on Elm Drive, Mold, as Big Brother having ‘gone mad’ after discovering it was pointing at a row of houses instead of a trouble hotspot opposite.
Grandfather Alfred Ford, 54, who lives with wife Denise and three of his children, has now put up a wooden board in a bid to reclaim his privacy.
He said: “The camera is looking into my living room window and bedroom window. I am concerned about privacy. This is Big Brother gone mad.
“The camera is not doing what it should – it does not look over the road to the shops.
“I can see the lens and it points at the row of houses. They could be looking into my house.”
The camera was put up two months ago and residents thought it was aiding their fight against yobs outside nearby shops.
Mr Ford said his family is living “in darkness” as they have been forced to close their blinds to keep their privacy.
He said: “All the camera will see now is the board.”
He added: “I am well within my rights to put something up in my garden to stop them looking at my home. I’m not touching their property.”
Residents say they have made complaints to North Wales Police and Flintshire Council over the camera and Mr Ford said they would continue their fight to get the problem resolved.
His daughter Angela Roberts visits the house daily to help care for her mother, who is disabled.
She said: “It is not very nice for my mum. We are really concerned.”
Eddie Hughes, who also lives on the street, said there were concerns among residents about anti-social behaviour.
He said: “The youngsters have caught on to this. They know they are not being watched.
“We want the camera to police the shops and stop the anti-social behaviour.”
North Wales Police and Flintshire Council said in a joint statement: “We work closely to respond to concerns about anti-social behaviour.
“This particular camera was installed at the request of local residents to monitor behaviour outside nearby shops.
“Images recorded by the camera would only viewed if there had been an issue.
“The camera, one of several bought by Flintshire Community Safety Partnership, is not part of the county’s public space CCTV network.
“The cameras are available to North Wales Police to use in areas where anti-social behaviour is causing a problem to local residents.”
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