Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'VE Seen It All Now, [...]

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'VE Seen It All Now, [...]

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I'VE seen it all now, having just seen Monday's Evening Chronicle. A benefit cheat who has pocketed pounds 4,000 from the taxpayer was fined pounds 65 with a pounds 115 costs for the fraud.

On another page we find two fishermen who committed the heinous crime of fishing in a lake without a licence and guess what.... they are fined pounds 350 each with pounds 115 costs. And also, just to put it into total context, they have to pay this fine within two weeks. What an absolute disgrace. An absurd system shown completely for what it is. Absolutely mind-boggling.

DJ, Gateshead

THESE ministers and MPs who make the laws that allow the police to grab back assets from drug dealers and gangsters... well, will the same law apply to ministers and MPs who have been found guilty of defrauding their expenses? Will they go to prison and their bank accounts be frozen and will their houses and cars be repossessed, and their pensions and pay-offs be stopped? Is there anyone in our country could answer this serious question. Stealing from the taxpayers is a criminal offence. JW, Benton.

I REFER to the letter in the Chronicle, August 3, regarding grass-cutting in Gateshead. What a load of rubbish written by Gateshead Council. I've rung Gateshead Council about the state of the grass verge on the main road at Lea Green, Picktree Rise, Birtley. The grass is so long and thick, it's growing under the fences into gardens, and this is not a large area. What are we paying our council tax for? ANON, Birtley.

HOW much longer are we going to sit back and let these clowns keep running our football club? Not only have they failed to run it but, after Alan Shearer was there at the end, they have just let him walk away, now he is in the position of not knowing what to do with the club he loves. I feel sorry for the people who did work there and have lost their jobs. The best thing for Mr Ashley and Derek Llambias is to stay away from the club and sell it as quick as they can. …

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