FEARS the big street light switch-off would increase crime across south Essex have not been borne out by figures obtained by the Echo.

The number of reported crimes in Basildon, Rochford, and Castle Point has largely stayed the same since the controversial switch-off, between midnight and 5am.

The lights went off inRochford and Castle Point in January, and in Basildon in February, sparking outrage from concerned residents.

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