Consultation over CCTV on murder path

Cycle way and footpath between Haslett Avenue East and Sutherland House (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151105-151946008

Cycle way and footpath between Haslett Avenue East and Sutherland House (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151105-151946008

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Plans to put CCTV cameras on a notorious path where people have been raped and murdered will go to consultation.

Cllr Michael Jones said residents in Three Bridges and Furnace Green would be consulted over the path from Waterlea to Haslett Avenue East.

Crawley Borough Council has launched a safety review on the path where a man was raped and another murdered. A woman was raped nearby.

Concerned residents called for CCTV to be installed and vegetation to be cut back on the path after a male jogger was raped in August.

The Joint Action Group, which is made up of Crawley council officers, Sussex Police and the county council, discussed the issues on October 12.

The borough council and police previously said CCTV would not provide adequate coverage on the path.

But Mr Jones, cabinet member for community engagement, said he felt ‘quite strongly’ against dismissing safety options on hearing of the rape.

He estimated installing a CCTV column on the path would cost slightly more than £1,000 per year.

Mr Jones said columns with rotating cameras would be considered.

He added: “It would be my hope that this in itself would be enough to discourage serious crime and anti-social behaviour from taking place.”

Council officers were creating a report on safety options the alleyway.

A 34-year-old male runner was raped on August 14. A woman was raped between Stephenson Way and Haslett Avenue East. Joao Esteves, 45, was murdered on the path in January 2014.