CCTV NEAR SEX AT­TACK SCENE ‘NOT WORK­ING’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

CCTV cam­eras around Rhubarb Bridge are not work­ingde­spite two se­ri­ous sex at­tacks tak­ing place in the area less than a month ago.

One woman was sex­u­ally as­saulted at knife­point on Septem­ber 30, while an­other was at­tacked on a foot­path near the bridge on Oc­to­ber 6.

It has now been re­vealed that CCTV cam­eras near the bridge are not work­ing af­ter rats chewed the ca­bles.

A Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice spokesman said: “We are aware coun­cil CCTV isn’t cur­rently work­ing how­ever we have been re­view­ing other CCTV in the area as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

A Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil spokesman said: “The five CCTV cam­eras that are lo­cated close to Rhubarb Bridge are cur­rently not op­er­a­tional and we are in the process of ad­dress­ing this.”

The spokesman could not say how long the cam­eras had been out of ac­tion for.

The CCTV prob­lems came to light af­ter van­dals threw a brick from the bridge onto traf­fic be­low at about 10.15pm on Tues­day. Julie How­ell was a pas­sen­ger in a car which was hit by the ob­ject. She said: “It bounced off the bon­net, hit the wind­screen on the pas­sen­ger side where I was sit­ting. That’s one of my nine lives gone. I don’t know what it was or how it hap­pened but it could eas­ily have been fa­tal.”

An 18-year-old man has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the two sex as­saults.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sex at­tacks near Rhubarb Bridge and, in­set, David Steven­son and Julie How­ell whose car was hit by a brick thrown from the bridge

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