A man who slept in his bath to escape the light from a new street lamp has said he will be seeking legal advice after the council said the lighting levels were acceptable.

Roger Ellis slept in his bath for four nights in July, after a new street light was installed outside his New Addington home.

The 47-year-old took the desperate action after being unable to get any sleep in his bedroom at the front of the property.

However, council inspectors came round on three occasions to test lighting levels and decided they were within an acceptable range.

Mr Ellis said: "It is a terrible society we live in where people are put after money and profit.

"I will take this to the next level and will be speaking to my lawyers."

A spokesman for Croydon Council said: "The amount of light falling onto houses on this street has been raised to meet modern British standards, but is well within the agreed acceptable range."