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Community bid for street lights at Gloucester rape spot

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 29, 2012

CAMPAIGN: Clock Tower.

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SIX hundred people have signed a petition demanding street lights are installed where a woman was raped earlier this year.

Pressure is growing on Gloucester City Council, with campaigners pleading for better lighting around the Clock Tower in Coney Hill.

Resident Wendy Colley said huge concern remains after the attack in May this year.

"I am campaigning for lights to be put where the attack took place," she said.

"I have been told there isn't the money to do this but this is too important."

Outside Thursday's council meeting, where the peition was handed over, she said she felt she had been "banging her head against a brick wall".

But the cabinet member responsible for communities and neighbourhoods, Jennie Dallimore, said the concerns were being taken very seriously.

"I understand quite a lot of work has been done by ward councillors on this issue and they have been to the Safer Gloucestershire Partnership," said Coun Dallimore (C, Podsmead).

"We will take the petition away and draw up a report."

A 20-year-old woman was attacked as she walked behind the Clock Tower, near West Lodge Drive, in Coney Hill on May 2. It's been linked with other attacks in the county, and an appeal was made on the BBC's Crimewatch.

A man struck in Hester's Way, Cheltenham on November 30 last year, sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman. On January 19, a 16-year-old girl was walking across the A40 footbridge to Innsworth when she was indecently assaulted. No-one has been caught.

Earlier this week, The Citizen reported one rape victim's story. She was attacked in Tewkesbury in 2006 and felt compelled to speak after these incidents.

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  • jayne80  |  September 29 2012, 8:47PM

    i completely agree that better lighting is needed not just there but the whole of gloucestershire where they need doing but tbh i dont think it would make a difference because if someone wants to commit such a henious crime like rape they will wether there is great lighting or not. Myself being a victim of rape i do understand the need, at the same time i would never walk alone round there anyway. I think unless there is a drastic need (in someway there is here) dont waste yet more money on things that probably wont make any difference anyway put the money towards the more important things like more places for victims of rape to get more support. I truly do hope when capturing the scum that did the crime our justice system punishes alot better than what they do at the moment coz everyday all i see is judge let this person go, that person to prison yet its a joke and a complete mess.

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  • lewipaul  |  September 29 2012, 4:29PM

    There is no guarantee that having lights there would have prevented this from happening. If Wendy Colley feels this is important then let her put her hand in pocket and pay for it instead of expecting cash strapped council to use Gloucester taxpayers money.

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  • unluckyvictim  |  September 29 2012, 9:44AM

    Now, I really don't want to be disrespectful but why should there be more of taxpayers money wasted on putting up lights where they DON'T need to be?? It's a pitch black empty space where lights are not needed. Dodgy people do hang around places like that so it begs the question as to why a woman would want to go through there by herself at night anyway?? I am in no way saying that she deserved anything to happen to her before all you keyboard warriors start shouting about it but when I was younger, females were taught to avoid these places. So now one woman has made the mistake and now money must be wasted to light the area. Sorry but after the story of this poor woman, how many other women are going to want to go in that area anyway?

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