Towns and cities are being plunged into darkness as councils turn off street lights to save money. They have spent £15 million less in the past two years despite the wholesale cost of electricity rising by more than 50 per cent, official figures show. Devon county council has advised residents to use torches to get around in the small hours after a decision to switch off lights in residential areas from 12.30am. Councils have turned out or dimmed light as budgets have been cut and in an attempt to cut their carbon emissions. Campaigners say that the economising has caused deaths on the roads and leaves residents, particularly older people, trapped in their homes and fearful of crime.
Times 10th Dec 2018 read more »