Why are shops caught in sting not punished?
REGARDING the report in the Observer dated August 12 “Shops sold alcohol to children in sting”.
Two shops in Rochdale sold alcohol to 15-year- old children, which is a criminal offence.
Coun Jacqueline Beswick says there are three options open to them 1. Caution 2. Prosecution 3.Ban alcoholic sales for three months.
Some years ago I was prosecuted for driving up Yorkshire Street and round Baillie Street.
It was an offence and I was fined £30, (no caution).
Surely a crime is a crime. What does Coun Beswick mean by “appropriate action”? A slap on the wrist?
The report then goes on to say anyone with information about these sales can report in confidence. What’s the point?.
I’m not sure its such a good idea to plant two youngsters in such a vulnerable situation as described. Especially as there is no apparent prosecution to follow. Derek Holden
WHAT a surprise it was to read that there were plans to impose parking restrictions on parts of Edenfield Road (Ob 26th August).
One reason given was due to the heavy volume of traffic. That’s strange, because just a few weeks earlier, our council planning committee had readily accepted a traffic survey which claimed that the traffic flow at a junction further down the same road, was lower than it was in 2006.
Partly as a result of the committee accepting this miraculous reduction in traffic flow, Spotland and Falinge ward lost out on a developer’s windfall contribution of just over £200,000. The ward’s loss, was of course, the developer’s gain. Someone, somewhere has got it wrong. But how and why? Carl Faulkner Rooley Moor Road DIDN’T they do well!
I would like to thank all our GCSE and A Level students for all their hard work in notching up some of our best ever results. Quite often, young people are portrayed negatively in the national media - but the opposite is true.
It may be a cliche, but it’s true. Young people are our future and our future is in good hands.
Once again, a big thanks to all our students and teachers who have done the borough’s schools and colleges proud.
And don’t worry if you fluffed your exams - there are still lots of options available to you. Richard Farnell Leader of the council ●●This picture of a Heron in flight was submitted by Robin Mulligan. Email your pictures to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them to flickr.com/groups/rochdalepics