Crime hotspot sees a massive drop in attacks

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Central Bedfordshire Council has helped to cut crime along Dog Kennel Path in Dunstable and Houghton Regis by more than 80%.

The area hit the spotlight in 2012 after a couple of attacks on heavily pregnant women.

Nine-months-pregnant Terri Taylor, was viciously attacked on her way to a medical appointment, and a 17-year-old mum-to-be, had contractions after she was set upon by muggers.

But what was previously a hotspot for robberies has been transformed by the work of Central Bedfordshire Council alongside Dunstable and Houghton Regis Town Councils.

In 2012 more than £250,000 was invested in the scheme to make the path safer and more attractive.

Part of the investment included the installation of state-of-the-art CCTV surveillance, while the Community Safety Partnership has given a number of areas facelifts by removing graffiti, litter and overgrown plants.

The constant hard work from all parties involved has resulted in the number of recorded crimes dropping by 80% whilst usage has also increased.

Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Dog Kennel Walk is one of a number of walking and cycling routes within Dunstable and Houghton Regis that has benefitted from substantial investment to provide people with travel choices. It is great to see this has resulted in a massive drop in reported crimes.

“Although nuisance motorcycles remain a problem we are working with the police to identify offenders. I would urge anyone who is able to provide information which will help to identify these nuisance bikers to call police on 101.”

The path runs from High Street North, Dunstable, alongside Grove House Gardens, to Houghton Regis Green.

It’s called Dog Kennel Path because at one time the hounds of the local hunt were kennelled near the green.

Victims have included nine-months-pregnant Terri Taylor, who was viciously attacked on her way to a medical appointment, and a 17-year-old mum-to-be, who had contractions after she was set upon by muggers.

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