Criminal damage victim in Kenilworth blames vandalism on street lights being turned off

Nick Bull has called for the lights on his road to be switched on to prevent more incidents of criminal damage
Nick Bull has called for the lights on his road to be switched on to prevent more incidents of criminal damage

A victim of criminal damage in Kenilworth said his car may not have been vandalised if Warwickshire County Council turned his street's lights on at night.

Nick Bull, who lives on Station Road, parks his car outside his home every night on the street.

But his car was damaged along with seven others during an incident on the road at around 1am on Saturday December 8.

His car's wing mirrors were smashed off and its passenger side was also dented by the vandals.

Nick felt criminals were able to get away with more crimes due to certain street lights in Kenilworth not being switched on during the night.

He said: "The side streets in Kenilworth are a Mecca for criminals to come round and cause mayhem.

"If you go further up Station Road the lights are on - and there's no damage.

"Station Road isn't the only road that's been affected by vandalism in Kenilworth. It's clear to me the lights are the problem.

"You can't even park outside your own home safely. It infuriates me."

This is not the first time Nick's car has been damaged by vandals.

His car's wing mirror was damaged in a separate incident two years ago - also when the lights were turned off.

He added: "We pay for the lights in our council tax, so why are the council turning them off?

"They're saying it saves them money, but we're not saving any money.

"I know it's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I think I'll send them a bill."

A spokesman for Warwickshire County Council said: "Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police share in a responsibility to protect people and to help them feel safe.

"We have worked together to monitor and respond to crime levels since the introduction of part time lighting in 2013.

"If the police have reason to believe that switching street lights back on in a given area will help to detect or deter a particular crime pattern, a request can be made to turn the lights back on for an agreed time period and we adhere to these requests.

"Operating lighting on a part-night basis saves around £500,000 per year in energy costs, as well as around 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions."

Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident. Anyone with any information should contact them on 101, quoting incidents 24 and 113 of December 8.