23rd Feb, 2019

Lights on: Redditch county councillors act following arson attacks

Correspondent 12th Feb, 2018

A NUMBER of street lights will be converted so they stay on all night to reassure residents following a spate of anti-social behaviour.

Six arson attacks have occurred in as many weeks within Pembridge Close and Sutton Close, in Winyates often close to other vehicles therefore creating as much damage as possible.

These have all occurred from the main footpath between Pembridge and Sutton Close.

To reassure people in the area, Councillor Alan Amos, and Coun Juliet Brunner and Coun Tom Baker-Price (both Con, Arrow Valley East) have worked with West Mercia Police to come up with a solution.

Coun Amos, Cabinet Member for Highways said: “We take issues involving crime very seriously and are always willing to consider each case on its merits.

“If action needs to be taken, it will be, as we have done very promptly here.”

Coun Brunner said: “We’ve worked closely with the police on this matter.

“We feel that by turning the lights on people living on these streets will feel safer at night.”

Keeping six lights on all night is the first phase of planned works with the next being to convert these and an additional three lights to LED.

Those works are being funded by all the local members.

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