Better lighting call for safer Brighton streets

A CCTV image released by Sussex Police after a 36-year-old man was left fighting for his life

A CCTV image released by Sussex Police after a 36-year-old man was left fighting for his life

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

New street lights could be installed to help tackle a rise of night time violence.

Council bosses are considering putting up extra lighting in St James’s Street in Brighton after a sharp rise in late night attacks.

Residents and businesses have complained parts of the city’s gay district are poorly lit, making the area ripe for trouble.

Between October 2011 and September this year, the number of recorded violent crimes soared 40% from 85 to 120.

Last month a 36-year-old homeless man was left fighting for his life after a brutal beating.

After the attack police released grainy CCTV footage of two suspects travelling the wrong way up the street on a moped.

Hate crimes

Violent hate crime has also rocketed in St James’s Street by 40% over the last year.

Council officers met with traders, community leaders and neighbourhood police to examine whether more lighting could help solve the problem.

Chris Cooke, the chair of the city’s LGBT Community Safety Forum, said it was “essential” that new street lights were installed as soon as possible.

He said: “The new functional lighting would have a dramatic impact on the street, making it that much brighter and hopefully that much safer. The ambient lighting we have at the moment is little more than useless.

“I firmly believe that brightly lit thoroughfares discourage antisocial behaviour. This is the first of many steps in rebuilding our neighbourhood and I am sure new lights would make St James’s Street much more inviting for residents, businesses and of course our visitors too.”

Community leaders are also calling for more CCTV cameras to deter and detect attackers.

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said no decision had yet been taken but that there had been “positive discussions” about the new lights.

Next month a meeting between police and community leaders will discuss possible solutions to St James’s Street’s problems.

It is hoped a new Local Action Team will be formed at the meeting after the last team was dissolved two years ago.

The meeting, which is open to anyone, will take place at 4pm on Wednesday December 5 at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church.

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2:33pm Mon 12 Nov 12

SkaterDaddyBear says...

It will help but police need to be more visible on St James St.
It will help but police need to be more visible on St James St. SkaterDaddyBear
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2:40pm Mon 12 Nov 12

cornwellc says...

St James's street and surrounding roads have to be some of the seemingly worst lit and unsafe roads in Brighton. Unfortunately dur to the amount of hostels, street drinkers and drug addicts on or around the street, it simply fuels the issue. More policy presence should be shown along with better lighting and cameras. The irony is that the Sussex policy HQ is less than half a mile away.
St James's street and surrounding roads have to be some of the seemingly worst lit and unsafe roads in Brighton. Unfortunately dur to the amount of hostels, street drinkers and drug addicts on or around the street, it simply fuels the issue. More policy presence should be shown along with better lighting and cameras. The irony is that the Sussex policy HQ is less than half a mile away. cornwellc
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3:05pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Will's blog says...

I remember the last round of street lighting-it did little to help. The real impact is the licencing hours. Sale of alcohol must stop at midnight on weekdays and I a.m. at weekends with no exceptions then it will be fine.
I remember the last round of street lighting-it did little to help. The real impact is the licencing hours. Sale of alcohol must stop at midnight on weekdays and I a.m. at weekends with no exceptions then it will be fine. Will's blog
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3:11pm Mon 12 Nov 12

leobrighton says...

The cctv in the area is pretty useless it certainly needs to be updated or it may as well be switched off
The cctv in the area is pretty useless it certainly needs to be updated or it may as well be switched off leobrighton
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3:37pm Mon 12 Nov 12

John Fallon says...

If that still is anything to go by, the CCTV is worse than useless. Has anyone ever been caught by being identified from a CCTV image?
If that still is anything to go by, the CCTV is worse than useless. Has anyone ever been caught by being identified from a CCTV image? John Fallon
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4:52pm Mon 12 Nov 12

lillylou says...

It's was obvious crime would go up with no lamps on everywhere is dangerous but the council new this jokers idiots
It's was obvious crime would go up with no lamps on everywhere is dangerous but the council new this jokers idiots lillylou
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4:54pm Mon 12 Nov 12

davyboy says...

the best ideas are better cctv, better lights, less alcohol sales, AND MORE POLICE!!!.
the best ideas are better cctv, better lights, less alcohol sales, AND MORE POLICE!!!. davyboy
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5:06pm Mon 12 Nov 12

bruce_ says...

Is that the city's "gay district"? I presume many of the residents might object to that title. They too, of course, deserve protection from violence and crime by whatever means are necessary: better lighting, better CCTV (assuming we must have it), and earlier closing of licensed premises. This last might become a trend, which we in the North Laine would certainly applaud!,
Is that the city's "gay district"? I presume many of the residents might object to that title. They too, of course, deserve protection from violence and crime by whatever means are necessary: better lighting, better CCTV (assuming we must have it), and earlier closing of licensed premises. This last might become a trend, which we in the North Laine would certainly applaud!, bruce_
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5:59pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Telscombe Cliffy says...

SkaterDaddyBear wrote:
It will help but police need to be more visible on St James St.
They will be with brighter lights.
[quote][p][bold]SkaterDaddyBear[/bold] wrote: It will help but police need to be more visible on St James St.[/p][/quote]They will be with brighter lights. Telscombe Cliffy
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6:06pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Roundbill says...

cornwellc wrote:
St James's street and surrounding roads have to be some of the seemingly worst lit and unsafe roads in Brighton. Unfortunately dur to the amount of hostels, street drinkers and drug addicts on or around the street, it simply fuels the issue. More policy presence should be shown along with better lighting and cameras. The irony is that the Sussex policy HQ is less than half a mile away.
Are you retarded? Malling is considerably more than than half a mile away!
[quote][p][bold]cornwellc[/bold] wrote: St James's street and surrounding roads have to be some of the seemingly worst lit and unsafe roads in Brighton. Unfortunately dur to the amount of hostels, street drinkers and drug addicts on or around the street, it simply fuels the issue. More policy presence should be shown along with better lighting and cameras. The irony is that the Sussex policy HQ is less than half a mile away.[/p][/quote]Are you retarded? Malling is considerably more than than half a mile away! Roundbill
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6:28pm Mon 12 Nov 12

leobrighton says...

Roundbill wrote:
cornwellc wrote:
St James's street and surrounding roads have to be some of the seemingly worst lit and unsafe roads in Brighton. Unfortunately dur to the amount of hostels, street drinkers and drug addicts on or around the street, it simply fuels the issue. More policy presence should be shown along with better lighting and cameras. The irony is that the Sussex policy HQ is less than half a mile away.
Are you retarded? Malling is considerably more than than half a mile away!
I think he meant Brighton Police Station
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cornwellc[/bold] wrote: St James's street and surrounding roads have to be some of the seemingly worst lit and unsafe roads in Brighton. Unfortunately dur to the amount of hostels, street drinkers and drug addicts on or around the street, it simply fuels the issue. More policy presence should be shown along with better lighting and cameras. The irony is that the Sussex policy HQ is less than half a mile away.[/p][/quote]Are you retarded? Malling is considerably more than than half a mile away![/p][/quote]I think he meant Brighton Police Station leobrighton
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10:07pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Roundbill says...

...which is closed at night.
...which is closed at night. Roundbill
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