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Neighborhood Group Breathes Easier After “Strangler” Case Arrest

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Members of an organization working to revitalize the city’s Kensington neighborhood say they are relieved by the arrest of a suspect in the so-called “Kensington Strangler” case and vow to continue their work.

Tom Potts is director of the neighborhood advisory committee of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

“It was of great concern to the community, to the organization as well as the community,” Potts said of the string of rapes and murders.  “We had some community meetings about it.  One of the groups started a walking group to get some eyes on the street,” he told KYW Newsradio on Tuesday.

Potts says the case drew some unwanted attention to the ongoing problems of prostitution and drug-dealing along Kensington Avenue.  He says his organization has been working for years with the Philadelphia Police Deparment to correct those problems and will continue to do so.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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