This image of a suspected burglar preying on vulnerable people can only be published today – three months after the crime - as council officers feared it would breach his rights.
Publication of the CCTV from Sanders House sheltered accommodation has also been delayed by police and broken equipment, The Argus can reveal.Wait, what?
Beverley Weaver, who lives at the sheltered housing scheme in Ingram Crescent West, Hove, said the situation had been an “absolute nightmare”.
She added: “They are talking about data protection to protect a suspected criminal but what about the residents? We need security.”Pah! There's apparently no corresponding human right not to be robbed blind.
...when councillors Robert Nemeth and Garry Pelzer Dunn pressed council officers to release them, they were warned that passing it on to the media might be a breach of data protection.
A council officer added she had been advised this was “because this person has not been convicted and it is not impossible that we would be distributing images of a person who is innocent”.That doesn't seem to ever worry the police much, even when it leads to stuff like this.
The council’s information team said “it would not necessarily be ‘fair and lawful’ to make this public, for “a relatively low impact crime” adding they needed to “be mindful of creating any kind of witch hunt or social media frenzy”.Translation: "It's just old people, and they are up against savvy crims who might sue. Anyway, it's bloody Twitter's fault, or Facebook's, or...wait, we can't get sacked anyway, so what do we care?"