A BANKRUPT council spent thousands on CCTV cameras that do not work in Britain.
It splashed out on the tech to catch motorists using rat runs near schools.
Croydon Council spent thousands on CCTV equipment which would not work in the UK
But the equipment from a US supplier turned out to be incompatible with UK number plates.
Labour-run Croydon Council in South London, declared bankrupt for the third time last year with debts of £1.6billion, would not reveal the outlay due to “commercial sensitivity”.
But it said it will try to “recover the losses” from the camera supplier.
Conor Holohan of the TaxPayers’ Alliance lashed out at the money wasted.
He said: “Bankrupt councils can hardly afford these embarrassing bungles.
“Local authority leaders are constantly wasting taxpayers’ cash and driving their budgets into the ground.
“Town hall bosses must get a grip and rein in these pet projects.”
Croydon Council said: “We are disappointed our contractor has not been able to meet their obligations, and we are working closely with them to find a solution.”
It added it Healthy Streets campaign made roads safer for children.