JUDGES NEED TO ACT NOW

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

HEAD­LINE in the Ob­server asks “Act now over Men­ace of boy rac­ers.”

“Take dan­ger­ous boy rac­ers off our roads.”

Shouldn’t these re­marks be aimed at our ju­di­ciary?

In last weeks Ob­server a boy racer was given an eight-month sen­tence sus­pended for twelve months.

What did his de­fence bar­ris­ter say? It was an “Er­ror in judge­ment that did no harm?”

What planet does this bar­ris­ter live on?

A few weeks ear­lier a judge sent a bur­glar to jail af­ter he’d com­mit­ted his 98th of­fence. If this bur­glar had been given a cus­to­dial sen­tence af­ter his first of­fence 97 other fam­i­lies may not have had their lives dev­as­tated.

Is it any won­der that these crim­i­nals are stick­ing two fin­gers up at the law but more im­por­tantly at the law abid­ing cit­i­zens?

These of­fences in­clud­ing shop lift­ing are on the in­crease and the ju­di­ciary seem obliv­i­ous to the hurt it’s caus­ing in­no­cent peo­ple.

But don’t be­lieve peo­ple who say it’s be­cause these of­fend­ers come from poor or de­prived back­grounds, be­cause when these peo­ple say that they in­sult all the other peo­ple who come from sim­i­lar back­grounds and don’t com­mit crimes. A.P. Mox­ham via email

More than 1,200 busi­ness own­ers and shop­pers signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the coun­cil to re­open the Peel Street toi­lets in Ac­cring­ton

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