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Last Updated: Monday, 2 October 2006, 20:31 GMT 21:31 UK
Street light switch-off suggested
Plans to switch off some street lights in North Somerset at midnight have been suggested in an attempt to cut the county's 500,000 electricity bill.

Councillor John Crockford-Hawley believes switching certain lights out in areas which were illuminated "far too much" will help reduce costs.

"There would be a crime and accident audit first," he said. "The last thing we want to do is make an area unsafe."

A similar scheme was piloted in Essex earlier this year.

Essex County Council gave a "clear undertaking" it would consult with police on a case-by-case basis as to whether switching off lights would have an impact on crime and disorder or on road policing and road safety.




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