Letters - August 11

Burned cars are seen during civil disturbances in Salford near Manchester, England, Tuesday, Aug. 9 2011. Police in the city of Manchester, in northwestern England, said seven people had been arrested so far, as youths rampaged through the city center, which had not previously been touched by the violence, arson and looting that has swept through London and other major cities since Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Burned cars are seen during civil disturbances in Salford near Manchester, England, Tuesday, Aug. 9 2011. Police in the city of Manchester, in northwestern England, said seven people had been arrested so far, as youths rampaged through the city center, which had not previously been touched by the violence, arson and looting that has swept through London and other major cities since Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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THE current riotous behaviour involving criminal damage, theft, arson and injury, fills any decent person with revulsion. There is no genuine excuse for such appalling behaviour.

Attempted excuses by the youths concerned, and those who support their behaviour, are simply a cover for violence for the sake of violence.

Some 20 years ago Stanley Hoffman, one of the world’s leading experts on terrorism, said the advent of the mobile phone would put a major new weapon in the hands of criminals.

How right he was. Time and time again the phone is now used to thwart police tactics.

While it is laudable to insist these feral youths should be treated with standard British police tactics, it is becoming apparent that when these people are prepared to burn and loot at random, such methods are totally inadequate.

Recent scenes in London and eight other inner cities are all too reminiscent of Northern Ireland at the time of the ‘troubles’. We had then to adopt methods including water cannon, curfews and plastic bullets.

Regrettably, I believe we have to begin using these tactics again if wanton violence is to be stopped, and lives and property protected from youths who have no regard for other people or law and order.

BARRY CLAYTON

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys

CAN I express my sincere heartfelt thanks to all who helped with the charity gala Carnival of Dreams at the Grand Theatre on Sunday, August 7, in support of Donna’s Dream House.

It was a memorable evening, raising much-needed funds with a star-studded cast and enjoyed by all.

A special thank you to our supporters who filled the theatre to capacity.

LEN CURTIS

Chairman of the Trustees

Donna’s Dream House

ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Cleveleys for their generosity in raising £259.06 at a street collection on August 6.

The money will help fund our peaceful campaigns and our educational work on all aspects of animal cruelty.

For more information please call 01732 364546.

RODDY HANSON

Animal Aid collection co-ordinator

THE absolute total responsibility for the starting of the riots rests with police actions.

Whatever the reasons for the death of Mark Duggan, the family had a right to know the details, immediately. This didn’t happen. As ever, the police closed ranks and an immediate inquiry was set up.

The result is no official information is coming forward, leading to rumour and innuendo. Will lessons ever be learned? I think not.

KEITH HALLAM

First Avenue

Blackpool