An open letter to new police commissioner
I STRONGLY believe you (Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping) should reinstate the police's mounted section in Notts.
The section has in the past given the police a valuable public presence in its work in the community with young people, who show a big interest in the horses during a visit and who can thus communicate with the police officers present.
It is beneficial for young people to be able to communicate with police officers.
It provides valuable crowd control, particularly when large crowds gather at sporting and political events and demonstrations, not only in Notts but other counties too where the section was hired out to other forces, thus generating revenue income for Notts Police.
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Few other forces appear to have a mounted section these days, due, I suspect, to financial constraints, so if Notts has one, it represents a valuable asset for use not only in this county but by others too.
Also, I believe the section attended the London Olympic Games last year.
It is also able to cover large areas of countryside, working in crime detection when required.
The section is also good for police public relations within the community generally.
I believe there is big public support for the reinstatement of the section and I hope you will be able to see a way forward to such reinstatement.
I believe you support having a mounted section, as does Councillor John Clarke, the Chairman of the Notts Police and Crime Panel.
I SEE another Tory observational opinion has been issued.
Health Minister Anna Soubry believes she can instantly identify poor people, "because they are the fat ones".
So would that be fat from swollen bellies due to malnutrition, or through cheap fry-ups every meal, or from eating to many cheap fatty beefburgers, or as some are, overweight due to medical conditions?
But if she's saying that those who are fat because they are poor, and may well lose their benefits if they don't lose weight, then should not the same rule apply to some of her well-off larger-than-life government colleagues, like Fred Pickles, Ken Clarke, Nicholas Somes, Sir Peter Tatchel, and Jessica Lee? Might they also lose the benefit of cheap meals and alcohol that are served in the Commons restaurant, in fact, should not the MPs be charged the same prices that we pay on the high street? They are paid well enough.
But we know, as Paul Osborne tells us ("Penalised for obesity", Letters, January 23) it will be only the fat poor who will lose out.
So remember all you poor fat people, that when it comes to election time, just what Anna Soubry, the Tory Health Minister thinks of you.
KEN MORETON The Green Draycott
ANNA Soubry now you have a new job you have let down the people who have shops on Chilwell High Road, where the tram will go past the shops.
Did you ask them if it's OK and did you ask the families who have kids who go to the two schools on Eskdale Drive, Chilwell? Looks like you don't care about the kids or the families.
The people who work for the tram, have you got kids? How would you think if the tram goes past your kids' school and one day some kid is hit by a tram?
Here on Eskdale Drive, where the tram starts in 2014, someone is going to get hit by the tram. It's going to happen to a kid or someone who is deaf or blind or someone when it's foggy or dark.
REGARDING Cedarland Crescent/Nottingham Road alleyway in Nuthall (Crime fears over alleyway in town, Post, January 16).
Back in 2002/03 I and a team from Broxtowe Borough Council had several meetings and site meetings over many months on this issue, and many neighbours were involved as well.
I was a victim of crime and antisocial behaviour (the cost runs into many thousands of pounds) and other neighbours have had untold problems.
My view, along with many others, is that, if the alleyway is closed, then some of the antisocial behaviour may not happen in the estate because it will take longer for the yobs to enter and exit and reduce hiding places.
I AGREE mostly with Alan Broadhurst's pet packaging hates (Post, January 28), but I do feel that if he had a baby son at home who had just learned to climb, Mr Broadhurst probably wouldn't put child-proof medicine containers at the top of his list.
I had a son who mistook a small box of brightly-coloured iron tablets for sweets and ingested them. He died a few days later from the affects of swallowing them.
Had the tablets been in a child-proof container, he would probably be celebrating his 50th birthday this year.
I'm sure that if Mr Broadhurst tells his pharmacist that he requires a container which is easier to open, he will be given one, but then it must always be kept out of harm's way, especially if there are small children about.
I WATCHED in total disgust as the latest target of destruction on the agenda of Steve Barber and his playmates began.
I refer to the carnage in the grounds of St John's Church, Beeston, where those gorgeous cherry blossom trees and flowering shrubs were being hacked down.
The Bible says "Man will destroy himself" and I believe it, but not before he has destroyed Beeston first.
IT is very sad to read and see on TV that "short cuts" in the NHS may be costing lives.
Ambulance response times are lengthening – one bus driver had to take a patient to hospital himself and a local person with a head injury also had a very lengthy wait. Is this the result of reorganisation of the ambulance service?
Then a mention of staff manning the ambulances only having six weeks training and not being allowed to give out drugs. Looks as though we are going back and not forward.
The NHS is a marvellous organisation but it has been abused in the past.
Self-inflicted drug and alcohol problems take a big slice. Such patients ought to pay for service.
JOSE P LLOYD
AS we begin this new year, many of Nottingham's young people are still without work.
The Prince's Trust Youth Index revealed that 28 per cent of young people in Nottingham believe their prospects have been "permanently damaged" by the recession. Here in Nottingham we are becoming increasingly concerned about the number of young, long-term unemployed.
Many young people who come to our charity for help report feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety due to being out of work. There is much to do in 2013 – but, working together, we can increase the number of young lives we change. To see how you can help, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk
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