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Fears Dorset street light switch-off will see rise in crime

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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People say a council’s decision to switch off streetlights to save money has led to a rise in crime.

A petition has been launched in Weymouth calling for lights which are switched off between 1.30am and 6.30am to be switched back on, and in Sherborne a town councillor described walking home from babysitting in the dark as like: “walking into hell”.

Dorset County Council decided to switch off nearly all of its 2,000 lights in residential roads.

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