Woman pulled over in pitch-black area

Acklington Road in Amble
Acklington Road in Amble

An elderly woman who was hauled to the ground from behind by a stranger has branded a town dark spot dangerous and said she is terrified to go out of her house.

The concerned resident recounted her frightening ordeal during Amble Town Council’s public question time last Thursday.

She blamed the incident on the fact that two street lights along Acklington Road, opposite Central Avenue, are not working.

She said: “It is very dangerous. It is pitch black and I am terrified to go out of my house. I was grabbed from behind and pulled to the ground.”

The woman said she had not reported the incident to the police, but was encouraged to do so by councillors.

Speaking at the meeting, fellow Acklington Road resident Michael Walters said that the lights have been out since September 9.

He told town councillors that he had contacted Northumberland County Council about the issue and was informed by the authority that new lamps were put in at the end of September. However, he said that the lights were still not working.

Mr Walters, who is an ex-electrician, has suggested that it is a cable fault.

The meeting heard that if this is the case, it would be an issue for Northern Powergrid.

Deputy mayor Coun Jane Dargue said: “We will look to progress this as soon as possible and we will chase it up.”

During public question time, another resident, Mr Spowart, told the meeting that the road surface at Gordon Villas was in a poor state of repair.

“It has absolutely gone and it is full of potholes,” he said.

However, the meeting heard that there is currently an issue about ownership and adoption of the road.

Town council clerk Elaine Brown said that a highways inspector had admitted that the road could do with some tar to even off some of the surfaces.

She told members that she is waiting for a response from the county council to see if the authority will carry out the repairs.