Community bid for street lights at Gloucester rape spot
SIX hundred people have signed a petition demanding street lights are installed where a woman was raped earlier this year.
Pressure is growing on Gloucester City Council, with campaigners pleading for better lighting around the Clock Tower in Coney Hill.
Resident Wendy Colley said huge concern remains after the attack in May this year.
"I am campaigning for lights to be put where the attack took place," she said.
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"I have been told there isn't the money to do this but this is too important."
Outside Thursday's council meeting, where the peition was handed over, she said she felt she had been "banging her head against a brick wall".
But the cabinet member responsible for communities and neighbourhoods, Jennie Dallimore, said the concerns were being taken very seriously.
"I understand quite a lot of work has been done by ward councillors on this issue and they have been to the Safer Gloucestershire Partnership," said Coun Dallimore (C, Podsmead).
"We will take the petition away and draw up a report."
A 20-year-old woman was attacked as she walked behind the Clock Tower, near West Lodge Drive, in Coney Hill on May 2. It's been linked with other attacks in the county, and an appeal was made on the BBC's Crimewatch.
A man struck in Hester's Way, Cheltenham on November 30 last year, sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman. On January 19, a 16-year-old girl was walking across the A40 footbridge to Innsworth when she was indecently assaulted. No-one has been caught.
Earlier this week, The Citizen reported one rape victim's story. She was attacked in Tewkesbury in 2006 and felt compelled to speak after these incidents.