Calls for CCTV at 'Muggers Alley' following murder of Tom Rogers

Tom Wright, a regular user of the cycle path where the body of Tom Rogers was found

Tom Wright, a regular user of the cycle path where the body of Tom Rogers was found

First published in News

USERS of a cycle path where Tom Rogers was murdered are calling for CCTV to be installed.

They say the path close to the Oasis Leisure Centre has been the scene of a number of violent incidents and is dubbed ‘Muggers Alley’.

Tom Wright, 52, of Cheney Manor, uses the path regularly and has complained about security measures twice in the past two years.

Last October he was involved in an altercation while walking his dog when a man threatened him with a knife, and Tom believes better CCTV and increased patrols would help make the isolated area feel safer for users.

“I walk that path twice a week with my dog and on weekends I will cycle it if I go to the pub or I go into town,” he said.

“Obviously the CCTV cameras they have got right on the underpass have been shown to be very poor quality. A few months ago a woman was assaulted down there and the picture the police got from that probably sums it up. They desperately need good CCTV coverage on the skate park.

“One time last year I was walking back home after the pub at about 10pm and there was a group hanging around between the Oasis and the underpass. One of them had one of those pitbull type terriers with him, and was shouting at me to put my dog Bosley, who is a black labrador, back on his leash.

“As I got closer the guy let his dog off his leash deliberately and they squared up a bit. We pulled our dogs off each other and there were a few words exchanged, at which point he said he had a knife.I just made my exit at that point, and called the police when I got clear. People have got lots of stories about that area I should think – it can’t just be me.”

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