Letters - January 22, 2015

The best way to deal with drunken troublemakers is to lock them up - and space should be found for them, says one reader

The best way to deal with drunken troublemakers is to lock them up - and space should be found for them, says one reader

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Locking drunks up will clean up town

Tackling disorder

Arrests

I hope all readers agree Blackpool town centre needs to be cleaned up (Gazette, January 20).

However the council and the police have ignored the elephant in the room.

The police have admitted they rarely arrest those that are drunk and disorderly.

They say they have nowhere to put them. But that is what must be done, all the other council proposals are just playing around the edges.

Is there an MP seeking re-election that will push through a new law for places like Blackpool?

We need a facility paid for by heavy fines on drunk and disorderly people, and run by medically trained police.

It must provide secure, safe rooms for those that are incapable or unwilling to behave as they should.

Yes it will be expensive, yes it may only be used Friday to Sunday, yes the fines will need to be high to pay for it.

It will be an unpleasant task for police to stop drunk and sometimes violent offenders from choking themselves on their own vomit. They will deserve generous overtime payments for those shifts.

But those people should not be inflicted on NHS staff, unless they urgently need consultant level medical care.

I am willing to be proved wrong, but I expect a few months of media coverage of very heavy fines, and TV coverage of 50 drunks in this facility for 10 or 15 hours at a time will be effective.

For 200 years drunks were locked up in a cell and allowed to ‘sleep it off’. The ‘elf and safety’ will not allow that any more, but surely we need some radical modern equivalent urgently?

Steven Bate

Ashfield Road

Blackpool

Wonderful pantomime

Great cast

Once again we have had a wonderful pantomime at the Grand Theatre.

The cast, crew, production team, not forgetting the musicians, were wonderful.

The ‘mirror’ routine was hilarious.

I am a 73-year-old pensioner and after seeing the pantomime, I came home feeling like a 73-year-old child.

I am sure the spirit of the Brothers Grimm was on stage with the cast.

As for the Wicked Queen? She deserved all the boos she got, such a wicked person.

But all’s well that ends well, so in the tradition of pantomime they all lived happily ever after.

John Munro

Dinmore Avenue

Blackpool

Shock at tragedy

Kindness

I write in shock after learning of the horrific accident which led to the death of Margaret Sheridan, employed by Waterstones Book Shop.

I met this lady prior to Christmas in the shop. She was indeed most helpful and kind to me in her efforts to satisfy my request.

I will always remember her kindness and offer her family my deepest condolences.

Jacqueline Porter

Tennyson Avenue

Thornton

Billy’s new home

‘Star’ fish

Billy the catfish must move on after he outgrew his tank at San Marco’s restaurant (Gazette, January 8).

The good news is thanks to The Gazette, Billy is now a ‘star’ fish with his own ‘fin club’.

He needs lots of warm fresh water and I have the solution – let us all chip in and send him home. An amazing tail with hopefully an ‘Amazon’ ending.

Roger Goodred

Charles Street

Blackpool

Concern for environment

Shale gas

If drilling for shale gas was a proven, environmentally acceptable, clean, non-hazardous, efficient, safe and profitable process, would it be necessary for the operators, backed by the Government, to mount such a high profile campaign to influence public opinion?

Would it be necessary for the operators to sponsor village halls and become involved in sponsorships 
and other community activities?

The latest evidence of this manipulation has occurred in a Department for Energy report on shale gas extraction which prior to its publication had over 60 passages apparently edited out, some in connection with the potential negative impact on house prices.

Can we rely on our elected representatives to press for the publication of the full, unedited document, and why hasn’t more been done about this before now?

Many promises have been made regarding ‘gold standard’ regulation, optimum safety and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs, but none of this is backed up by hard evidence, particularly with regard to how these factors will benefit this area.

And so the residents of Lancashire (more than 25,000 so far) and especially those living on our Fylde Coast and Wyre areas, are often accused of scaremongering simply because they hold a responsible concern for the environment in which they live.

John Bailie

(By email)