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Wharfedale street light switch-off 'will not affect safety'
8:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
Residents’ safety will not be compromised when a partial switch-off of street lights begins in Wharfedale next week.
That is the local police inspector’s view on a city-wide scheme Leeds City Council hopes will save £1.3 million over the next decade.
Concerns have been raised that the shutdown could cause a spike in overnight crime or accidents, but Inspector Richard Coldwell of the Aireborough & Wharfedale Neighbourhood Policing Team is confident that won’t happen.
He said: “In our neighbourhoods I think people should be reassured that they live in a relatively low crime area and that this scheme will not affect community safety in any way.
“The switch-off does not occur until midnight, when the majority of people will be at home and probably in bed.”
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