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Cameras show coin-forger appeal bid
The ringleader of a coin-forging scam has failed in his bid to appeal against his sentence during the first proceedings to be broadcast from the Court of Appeal.
Kevin Fisher, from Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, was jailed in May for seven years for his role in what is believed to be the largest ever plot to make fake pound coins in the UK.
Filmed after a near 90-year ban on allowing cameras in court was lifted, Lord Justice Pitchford refused Fisher's application to appeal against his sentence after hearing submissions from the appellant's barrister - and Prime Minister's brother - Alex Cameron QC.
Asked how he felt about being the first barrister to appear on camera at the Court of Appeal, Mr Cameron said: "It's surprising."
Speaking as the judges retired to consider the application, he added: "I only found out yesterday it was happening."
Mr Cameron declined to comment further after the application was refused.
Today was the first time cameras were allowed in courts other than the Supreme Court since filming was banned by the Criminal Justice Act 1925.
After years of campaigning by broadcasters BBC, ITN, Press Association and Sky News, cameras have been placed in five courtrooms at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Lawyers' arguments and judges' summing up, decisions and - in criminal cases - sentencing remarks may be filmed but victims, witnesses and defendants will not be filmed. Proceedings will be filmed from only one courtroom on any given day.
James Harding, BBC director of news and current affairs, said: "This is a landmark moment for justice and journalism. It is a significant step on the way to helping millions of viewers gain a greater understanding of how our judicial system works."