Via the excellent JuliaM:
Amanda Wright, who runs Wright's Family Bakers in Walton on the Naze, Essex asked for the images after mindless vandals smashed the shop's front window.
But the baker was left gobsmacked when Tendring District Council bosses refused the request, saying it would be too expensive to retrieve footage.
And why exactly does the Council install CCTV? Clearly - and I could have told you that - not for the purpose of catching criminals.