Slough tells Colnbrook residents: if you want street lights repaired, work with us to catch the vandals
Slough Borough Council says it cannot afford to repair street lights in Colnbrook until the ongoing vandalism is stops, and has urged residents to work with Police to bring the culprits to justice.
There has been ongoing vandalism to lamp posts in Moreland Avenue, Drift Way and Rayners Close and despite repairs the street lights continue to be targeted by ball bearings or stones shot from catapults.
To date this vandalism has resulted in significant repair costs running into thousands of pounds.
However due to the ongoing vandalism and the rising costs Slough Borough Council will not be repairing the street lights at the current time.
Thames Valley Police is worried that the streets will be left in darkness, leaving properties susceptible to burglaries, and residents subjected to anti-social behaviour.
Sergeant Kashmira Mann from the neighbourhood policing team said: “We are working in partnership with the Council and the local community to help reduce criminal damage and improve the quality of life in the area. Please support us to help reduce anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.”
Slough Borough Council has sent a letter to all residents of the affected streets urging them to support the neighbourhood policing team:
We require your help in identifying those who are responsible so that we, in partnership with the Police, can take action to prevent such incidents from occurring again.
The Council says it will seek Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO’s) and injunctions against the individuals involved, while the Police can prosecute under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
While an earlier alert from Thames Valley yesterday referred to the incident as being in Langley, this evening the Thames Valley Community Messaging has taken the unprecedented step of sending an SMS alert to all registered Colnbrook residents.
If you have information regarding the criminal damage please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
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