Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Independence Is Best for Force

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Independence Is Best for Force

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For a number of years, officially and voluntarily, I have been interested in policing matters.

After all, the police box was invented in Sunderland in 1923. Some time ago I was contracted by the Northumbria Police Authority to make a contribution on the Government's proposal for a regional police force.

This I have done, as policing, community-wise, certainly has deteriorated from what it used to be.

My view was the Northumbria force should be left as it is, with Durham with Cleveland, and elsewhere, to make up the target figure of 4,000. Though in any service, outcomes and targets, compassion is usually missing.

At the present moment, big is beautiful for 10 years, then back to small for 10 years.

The residents voted against a regional elected assembly some time ago and now North Tyneside has voted, or intends to vote, in council against a merger.

On the other hand, during the run-up to the General Election, Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt held a meeting in St James' Park with a couple or three MPs present and the question of public transport raised its head again.

The chairman allowed me to make the point that we need a regional free transport pass, not just a Tyne & Wear one. Good as it is, my conclusion was it must be 50/50. On certain regional services some of your readers might like to comment.

BILL CADDOCK, Donvale Road, Donwell 2, The Original, Washington.

Blair poem was so apt

I MUST say reading the poem in the Chronicle entitled Christian Blair, I thought it summed up this man exactly. I even cut the poem out to pass on.

Part of it was endorsed by news I read later. I quote: "He allows foreign clerics and others to spread hatred and malice, but gives them enough benefit to live in a palace."

The headline I read was "Blair Fails to Expel a Single Hate-Cleric. Ironic, is it not?

Countries which have also signed up to the Human Rights Convention, ie Germany, Spain, Holland, France and Italy, have deported these clerics. …

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