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Our front page story about a man al­legedly fol­low­ing a mother and daugh­ter at a Feild­ing park is a scary one.

It’s a bit dis­con­cert­ing to think that some­thing like this could hap­pen in our small, safe, ru­ral town.

The on­line dis­cus­sion of the case has been in­ter­est­ing, and I can see many peo­ple are wor­ried.

I think this a re­minder to re­main vig­i­lant, es­pe­cially when it comes to su­per­vis­ing chil­dren in pub­lic spa­ces and be­ing aware of your sur­round­ings.

It’s never a great idea to be fully com­pla­cent, no mat­ter if you live in a small town or big city, and more than any­thing this should just re­in­force the be­hav­iour we’re al­ready teach­ing our kids about stranger dan­ger, rather than put us in a state of panic or fear.

Mean­while, the dis­cus­sion on whether or not to al­low smok­ing in our pub­lic ar­eas is an­other in­ter­est­ing one.

Should the coun­cil put re­stric­tions on this or is it up to our health sys­tem to tackle the is­sue alone?

- Lisa Hous­ton

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