Security bollards containing lights that help people make their way through an alleyway in Essex at night-time are defunct, meaning children, dogwalkers and churchgoers are having to find their way in the dark.

According to This Is Local London, one resident in Ongar feels the security bollards should be higher to deter vandalism.

The alley is regularly used by residents but the bollards' lights haven't been working since summer because the replacement parts needed are so hard to locate.

Kate McLintock told the news provider: "It is not very pleasant to walk down and not being able to see where you are going.

"The bollards are low so they are easy to vandalise. If they are replaced they need to be higher up so vandals cannot reach them."

Ongar Town Council is involved in discussions over the situation, the news provider said.

Recently, it was reported that defective warning lights near a school in Scotland are set be repaired, six months after it was first noted that they weren't working.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800272353-ADNFCR