DAWN Cox denied this week that her decision to quit as Rushmoor's "spy" camera chief had anything to do with police complaints about the way the system was being operated.

She said she resigned as manager of the control centre because of "other issues" which she is currently discussing with the borough council.

On the question of the police complaints, she claimed these had been sparked by staff problems at the centre.

The staff, she added, had been recruited by a security company contracted by the council to operate the centre. "I was active in getting two of the staff dismissed because they weren't up to standard," added Dawn Cox. She resigned her post - as reported in last week's Star - only two weeks after the £500,000 street surveillance system was launched by the council.

The fully digital CCTV system is linked to 63 cameras in the borough.