Readers’ letters - December 9

Amid concerns of decreasing police budgets, a reader appeals for senior police to make the right priorities. See letter

Amid concerns of decreasing police budgets, a reader appeals for senior police to make the right priorities. See letter

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Value of bobbies on beat

If anything, the modern day 
police can learn from the recent excellent and authentic Channel 4 documentary, The Murder Detectives.

It shows the immense value of those officers who work at the coal face on a daily basis, patrolling the streets of the communities they serve.

This was a riveting programme providing an insight into the progress of a murder investigation and it highlighted the invaluable contribution from those junior ranks who develop and cultivate an intimate knowledge of those residing on their patch.

It was directly as a result of the intelligence those officers gleaned that the crime was detected and the young man, responsible for the fatal stabbing, was convicted and received a custodial sentence.

I do hope that the Crime Commissioner and his senior police colleagues, instead of bleating on about decreasing police budgets and demanding an increase in our council tax, take this message on board and concentrate and prioritise this important fundamental aspect of operational police work before it is lost forever.

Retired Detective Inspector 
Jim Oldcorn, 
Great Harwood

Cutting back is false economy

I read John Gray’s letter about the value of our cultural heritage with great interest (LEP Letters December 3).

I heartily agree with his sentiments, in that it seems obvious that – as with the NHS – the current government is determined to introduce the ‘market’ into all aspects of our lives.

I understand that, compared to some things like child welfare, effective policing and waste collections, our cultural landscape comes well down most people’s lists of things to spend money on.

And yet.

Cultural services, such as 
libraries and museums, can give children a sense of a world 
beyond their own.

They can inspire them to further study, they can help identify a career path, or just provide and escape from the day-to-day.

For adults, too, they can be a means to apply for a job, 
research a family tree, find a new activity.

In short, much of what we call culture can make people happy.

It gets them out of the house and connecting with others.

It does exactly the things the government says we should be doing to stay healthy and contribute well to society.

Cutting back on these services not only cuts deep into our culture and heritage, it is also a false economy.

P Laurence via email

Feel-good tales are the best

Last week, buried inside the paper, you featured a family who had achieved a considerable degree of skill and consequent success in competition, owing to their chosen personal commitment to martial arts (LEP December 3).

This was a genuine feel-good story that could only, in my humble opinion (and, as someone who is only at lesson five of a beginners course in the gentle art of Tai Chi, I am definitely not seeking to take issue with the family), have been better if their chosen endeavour had been badminton.

That should have been the front page story.

I do not know why the powers-that-be (p.t.b) at the Lancashire Evening Post choose to reserve your front page for the sickening glorification of drug dealing, murdering, assaulting, raping deviant outlaws.

You have got it wrong!

And if there is truth in the explanation offered by a learned adviser, “it sells papers”, you are not on your own.

Grandad George via email

Could you help with research?

I am currently composing a collection of the real-life stories of German nationals who came to live in the UK during or after the Second World War, having married a British national, or of British men or women marrying a German national, either during the Second World War or for the 10 to 15 year period immediately following 1945.

I’m also interested in the experiences of any German children who may have come with their parent to be adopted into a British family and remember the experience clearly enough to be able to share their stories, thoughts and feelings with me.

I have some information regarding prejudices and discrimination faced by people within these situations as have family members with stories to tell.

However, I also wanted to find out more about what may have been experienced on a wider scale, and wondered if any of your readers may be willing to share information with me regarding their experiences in order that

I can do justice to this subject.

I do appreciate that this is a sensitive subject and can empathise with the situations and circumstances many of them faced.

Any and all information given will be used in the strictest of confidences.

If anyone could like to get in touch with me, they can email me on LeighBladen@gmx.co.

uk.

Many thanks in advance.

Leigh Bladen, Cambridgeshire

Trying to find Jackie Barton

I am trying to find an old friend from the 1950s. Jackie Barton left Waterloo, Liverpool for Preston, I don’t know when. He went to Waterloo Grammar School for boys, worked in insurance, and did his National Service in the R.A.F.

When we were in our teens, we spent a lot of time at Southport open air baths. There were Bob Weir, Joe Holdsworth, Eddie Gittins, me, and many others. We have reunions in Maghull twice a year, but I’m sure we could meet after Christmas if we manage to contact Jackie.

I will leave my phone number and e-mail address with the newspaper. If anybody who knows Jackie reads this, please let him know. Here’s hoping.

Julie Jones (nee Latchford)