'Talking' CCTV scheme expanding
There are around 4.2million CCTV cameras in Britain
"Talking" CCTV cameras that tell off people dropping litter or committing anti-social behaviour are to be installed in 20 areas across England.
They are already used in Middlesbrough where anyone seen misbehaving can be told via a loudspeaker, controlled by control centre staff, to stop.
Home Secretary John Reid has earmarked nearly £500,000 to fund the expansion.
Critics say the cameras are absurd and another example of excessive government intrusion into everyday life.
Mr Reid said they were aimed at "the small minority" who "litter our streets, vandalise our communities and damage our properties".
"We all pay council tax so, in the end, we all pay when our communities are disrespected - both in our pockets as well as in our daily lives," he said.
The home secretary also said competitions were being held at schools in many of the areas for children to become the voice of the cameras.
"By funding and supporting these local schemes, the government is encouraging children to send this clear message to grown ups - act anti-socially and you will face the shame of being publicly embarrassed," Mr Reid added.
Should Governments be taking over the role as parent, or Big Brother?