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12:51pm 23rd January 2013

Pirate FM is told turning off street lights in Cornwall at night could be a mugger's charter.

It is one of the ideas from the council to save money if it doesn't get a 2% rise in council tax and a cut to benefits.

Gail from Bugle has three children:

"I have a teenage daughter who goes out. She's nearly 18 and I would be worried if there wasn't enough lighting. Where we live over the railway bridge there is no lighting whatsoever over a big stretch and I worry about her coming over there. "

But safety charities have told us it could lead to a rise in attacks and muggings.

Rachel Griffin is from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust:

"We understand that cuts have to be made across many areas. We do think that the lack of street lighting can increase the risk to public safety. To put it simply the harder it is for someone to see danger approaching, the harder it is for them to avoid it.

She adds it is something that has been tried in other areas:

"We know that in the majority of cases the lights are being switched off between midnight and 5am. That can still affect a great number of people coming home from a night out and of course the many thousands of employees who work shifts. Those people have as much right to safety as anybody out on the street during the day or early evening."

12:51pm 23rd January 2013

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