Pink Cardiff street lights plan 'to deter Asbo yobs'

Anti-social behaviour on a Cardiff estate could be tackled by the installation of pink lighting to show up teenagers' acne.

The idea would be to deter yobs at a parade of shops in the city's Fairwater district where five arrests have been made and 18 Asbos issued in six weeks.

Councillor and resident Neil McEvoy said: "People's lives are being made a misery."

South Wales Police said street lighting decisions were for the local authority.

Mr McEvoy said the prospect of the pink lighting was raised at a Pact (Police and Communities Together) meeting, where residents were told it has been used successfully as a deterrent elsewhere.

The glow from lighting is said to unflattering to teenage complexions.

Image caption It is covered areas like this shopping parade where the lighting might be installed

It has been used on a housing estate in Nottinghamshire and by police in Preston, Lancashire.

Mr McEvoy said: "The area were talking about has been a Pact priority for about four years.

"If this has been successful in other areas, I would like to have a look at it if it can help the local residents to live a more peaceful life.

"We're not just talking about the shops, residents in that area have been plagued by anti-social behaviour.

"If the evidence stacks it up, let's have a look at a crack at it."

In a statement, South Wales Police said: "Any additional or change in street lighting would be a decision for the local authority.

"The local neighbourhood policing team continues to work with partners and be proactive in preventing crime and anti social behaviour in the Fairwater area."

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