CCTV operator, 55, killed himself days before Christmas

CCTV operator, 55, killed himself days before Christmas after being accused of using cameras to zoom in on women, inquest hears

  • A CCTV operator killed himself after being accused of zooming in on women 
  • Paul Cameron jumped to death from Flamborough cliffs on 18 December 2020
  • He felt he was branded a voyeur by bosses at East Riding Council , inquest heard
  • Dad-of-one came under investigation in January 2020 and felt it was a ‘stitch up’
  • He was given a final written warning following a nine-month long investigation

A CCTV operator killed himself days before Christmas after being accused of using cameras to zoom in on women, an inquest has heard.

Paul Cameron, 55, jumped to his death from Flamborough cliffs in Yorkshire because he felt he had been branded a voyeur by bosses at East Riding Council.

He came under investigation after he was accused of using the CCTV cameras inappropriately in January 2020.

The father-of-one, from Bridlington, Yorkshire, was reported to East Riding Council’s Human Resources for zooming in unnecessarily on females – something he vehemently denied.

The inquest in Hull heard how Paul posted a final message on Facebook saying: ‘Time to say goodbye, they say you write your own story in this life. Well, I’m ending my story today.

CCTV operator, Paul Cameron, 55, (pictured) killed himself days before Christmas after being accused of using cameras to zoom in on women, an inquest has heard

‘I’d like to thank all those who’ve helped and hindered me over the years. Sorry to disappoint some of you, goodbye.’

He had told loved ones that he felt the investigation was a ‘stitch up’ in a bid to get rid of him. 

However, his partner of 27 years told the inquest Paul ‘felt a lot of pride in his work as a CCTV operator’, according to Hull Live.

His manager Alan Frankish said: ‘In January 2020, police requested some camera footage which Paul had been in charge of at the time.

‘Another staff member viewed the footage to make sure it was clear but found the cameras zooming in on females for no reason.’

After a nine-month long investigation, he was handed a final written warning. 

Mr Frankish added: ‘I told Paul it was not a witch hunt and I felt an investigation was appropriate.

‘After he was handed a written warning, he did not express any concerns to me but I had stepped back so I didn’t really know how he had taken it.’

The father-of-one, from Bridlington, Yorkshire, was reported to East Riding Council’s Human Resources for zooming in unnecessarily on females – something he vehemently denied Pictured: East Riding Council HQ

A colleague said: ‘He had never had any work issues before and had never been in trouble. He told me about the investigation and said they thought he was a voyeur.

‘He seemed on tenterhooks for months. He was normally happy but he was not his usual self and he seemed really frustrated.’ 

Assistant coroner Ian Sprakes concluded Paul’s death was suicide.

After the inquest, East Riding Council expressed their condolences. They said: ‘On behalf of the council, we would like to take this opportunity to further express condolences to Paul’s family.

‘Paul was a valued, long-standing member of staff. The council has supported the coroner’s investigation throughout.’

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