Keyworth attack victim wants street lights back on

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Media captionHarriet Gibson said it was so dark she could not see who had attacked her

A teenager from Nottinghamshire is calling for street lights to be switched back on in her village after she was attacked in a dark street.

Harriet Gibson, 19, who was slightly injured in the incident in Keyworth, was returning from a night out with friends early on Sunday morning.

Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council aims to save £1.25m a year by turning off about 90,000 street lights.

Deputy leader Martin Suthers said the council would consider the request.

'Pitch black'

Ms Gibson said she and two friends were attacked by two men who got out of a car and restrained her and punched the two other people.

"Where there are particular concerns we are quite prepared to talk to the local community and switch the lights back on," Councillor Suthers said.

The Labour Group said the Conservative leadership should rethink its policy of turning off street lights in the early hours of the morning.

Ms Gibson said: "It was pitch black and you couldn't see anything. It was terrifying and I couldn't see what was happening to my friend."

She said she could not give a description of her attackers because there was not enough light.

"If there had been light I could have got a registration number and give a description - but I couldn't see anything."

"The council needs to turn the street lights back on, whilst they are saving money they are putting people at risk."

The council agreed to switch some lights back on in Bingham in another part of the county after a campaign in the town.

The current county council policy involves turning off many street lights between midnight and 05:30 in residential areas, dimming some on main roads between 22:00 and 07:00, and switching some off entirely in remote areas.

The council said some lights would not be altered, including those near hospitals, accident blackspots or areas with higher-than-average crime rates.

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