Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Just Desserts for Webber

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Just Desserts for Webber

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Byline: By Kathy Secker

So Robert Webber is facing jail. Why are none of us surprised?

As one of the notorious pair who were in the car that killed Jimmy Mulligan, the majority of people in the North East feel Robert Webber should have been in jail months ago.

He might now be going down for robbery rather than for his part in the death of Jimmy Mulligan, but I can quite understand why Jimmy's son Keith expressed delight at the news that Webber is going to do time. The only better news that Keith could expect would be to hear that Webber's partner in crime Christopher Eade was also about to be sentenced but sadly, we now know that is not going to happen, at least not for Jimmy's death.

While letters of sympathy from David Blunkett and various Government legal experts continue to regret the Jimmy Mulligan case, Keith and the rest of us need a firm assurance something like this can't happen again. And it's the lack of that assurance that is the real concern, not whether a young criminal like Webber gets his just desserts, but whether he and Eade could be prosecuted if they did it again tomorrow. As things stand, I fear not.

Yard deserves more respect

Swan Hunter has done all it can to secure a viable future for itself and its workforce but, sadly, Swan's biggest partner in that process, the Government, has failed to keep its side of the bargain.

The great irony is the fact that the Navy is about to embark on the biggest shipbuilding exercise in modern times, building two major aircraft-carriers plus an armada of support ships. The order is worth billions and while Swan's are in pole position for the deal, the Government has announced a two-year delay to its start which means Swan Hunter will have no work to fill the yard for 24 months.

The workforce would be laid off, leaving Swan Hunter with the problem of gearing up again after the lay-off. …

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