Why are shops caught in sting not pun­ished?

Rochdale Observer - - YOUR VIEWS BIG PICTURE -

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

PARK­ING SUR­PRISE

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 rochda­le­ob­server@men­media.co.uk or up­load them to flickr.com/groups/rochdalepics

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