Fights, crime af­ter lights go out

RES­I­DENTS LIV­ING IN FEAR DUR­ING HOURS OF DARK­NESS

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

A SPEAR­WOOD res­i­dent says there has been an in­crease in fear, crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour since the lights on his street went out three months ago.

Hux­ley Place res­i­dent Vin­cent Lom­bardo said none of the lights worked the en­tire length of his street and that res­i­dents were liv­ing in fear as homes were bur­gled, fences bro­ken and sy­ringes, un­der­clothes and bro­ken bot­tles were found in the pub­lic ac­cess way (PAW) that abuts his home.

“An­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour has in­creased

HAMMOND PARK and con­tin­ues to in­crease, we have ex­tra se­cu­rity pa­trols but they are not ran­dom, so peo­ple can pre­dict when they will be there,” he said.

“One night I came home and there were about 50 peo­ple in the PAW and as I walked into my house, a fight started.

“I have had rocks thrown through my win­dows, through the roof – it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­thing bad hap­pens.”

A Western Power spokesman said they re­sponded to four sep­a­rate fault re­ports at Hux­ley Place dur­ing Septem­ber.

“Due to the un­usual high fre­quency of faults on the street, Western Power or­gan­ised a spe­cialised un­der­ground cable team to in­ves­ti­gate a 1.3km stretch of the net­work,” he said.

“We have since logged and iden­ti­fied a large num­ber of faults that ex­tend be­yond Hux­ley Place to in­clude Bar­rett Street, Marvell Av­enue and Con­rad Court, po­ten­tially af­fect­ing up to 16 street lights. Western Power will shortly be­gin a project to re­pair and up­grade dam­aged parts of the cable to in­crease the re­li­a­bil­ity of street lights in the area.

“We are con­fi­dent this work will be con­cluded be­fore Christ­mas and many of the lights will be able to be pro­gres­sively turned on as the work pro­gresses.”

Mr Lom­bardo said he also asked the City of Cock­burn to close the PAW to en­sure the safety of lo­cals but that the City re­fused.

A City of Cock­burn spokes­woman said the PAW formed an im­por­tant link and could not be closed. “It forms im­por­tant pedes­trian ac­cess link through from the lo­cal open space at Bishop Park, to the lo­cal school and bus stops along Marvell Av­enue for nu­mer­ous lo­cal res­i­dents in the sur­round­ing area,” she said.

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