Readers’ letters - January 12

West Indies' Chris Gayle was fined for inviting a reporter out for a drink. See letter
West Indies' Chris Gayle was fined for inviting a reporter out for a drink. See letter
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Lacking versatility and value

I was reading the article in the LEP (LEP January 7) regarding the decommissioning of the Incident Response Units.

It seems to have been an extravagant but worthy idea, to purchase these vehicles but then not use them.

To have them fitted out so that they lack versatility and can only be used for one, and only one, occasional role, severely limits the value for money that they are going to have during their working lives.

Surely a better idea would have been to have purchased ordinary flat bed trucks with different use podded units, that could simply be loaded by a fork lift?

That way, the basic truck can be used for all sorts of jobs such as a mobile catering unit, an ancillary equipment provider, diving support vehicle, water bowser, as well as a decontamination unit among others, depending on the contents of the pods loaded.

They would be highly adaptable and could be used for any job when fighting a major fire.

Jim Walker, Preston

Testing time for cricketers

The West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been hit for six – excuse the pun – for what is reported as “inappropriate behaviour” towards a female sports reporter.

He paid her a compliment and invited her out for a drink, albeit live on air.

For which scurrilous action he has been fined (Aus)$10,000 (not far off £5,000 in real money), an “over-reaction,” Chris Gayle has declared.

But then, perhaps the “crime” of objectifying a person has yet to filter through to the Southern Hemisphere, where the Windies are currently locking horns with the Aussies in a Test Series down under.

I am inclined to say, come on Chris, get with the programme.

Don’t you know the capacity to make a complimentary remark is gradually becoming the Eighth Deadly Sin?

From the male perspective, at least?

At which point, I would like to suggest, in all sincerity, that a similar financial penalty should therefore be levied at one Ms Zoe Ball of Strictly Come Dancing 

Particularly the next time she feels inclined to get all fulsome and untoward about Anton du Bec’s legs – live on air at that.

Martin Sutcliffe,


Fracking is a threat to water

Do people not think anymore? We recently had 300,000 homes and businesses without water for a month or so due to a bug in the water supply.

Imagine if fracking contaminates the water. No more water – none to drink, none to water the crops.

We would have to drink rainwater, and the farming industry could collapse as giving livestock contaminated water could make the meat unsafe to eat.

Out of curiosity, I input Oklahoma into my tablet, simply 
because of the musical.

It’s frightening, earthquakes related to fracking appears to have been confirmed there.

Two per year to around 700 a year.

Oklahoma is larger than England and they have problems.

Here we have miles of tunnels due to mining and already, in some areas, there are subsidence problems.

In Cheshire there are over 150 miles of tunnels and caverns, some filled with hazardous waste. Imagine that collapsing into a sinkhole. Who would want to live there if they knew that could happen because they are thinking of fracking there?

Who would want to be remembered as the person who destroyed England’s green and pleasant land? Perhaps the person appointed to overrule council decisions to ban fracking?

Name and address supplied

Jail reduction was wrong

I read with interest your story on the front page of the Evening Post about the owner of Briarwood Care Home (LEP December 16).

She has got a reduced sentence from 18 months to 12 months because of depression and claustrophobia.

I think this is absolutely disgusting. I think she is after a sympathy vote.

She is not fit to be called a registered nurse after what she did.

I work in the care industry myself.

I know she will have had her registration taken off her.

Did she spare a thought for the elderly and vulnerable people in her trusted care?


She should have been given a stiffer sentence anyway.

I have been a carer for 38 years. People like her give good nurses and carers a bad name.

I hope she suffers like the people in her care were made to suffer.

Sorry if I sound harsh but stories like this make my blood boil.

A concerned carer

UKIP party for working class

The Rev Graham Nelson says UKIP plays on the fears of the white working class (LEP Letters December 19).

It was the white working class who built this country and they are the indigenous people of these islands.

It may be a small party, but it is the only one who thinks the needs of this group of people should come first. At the last election, it polled many more votes than the Lib Dems and SNP put together.

“Long live free Britain.”

P Ward, Leyland

Stagecoach was

not to blame

I refer to Pat Fell’s letter, re: the Fishwick’s 115 bus service (LEP Letters January 9).

Stagecoach did not withdraw this service, Fishwick’s did when they closed down everything.

In 1986, Thatcher privatised all bus companies, and dictated that non-profitable routes be passed over to local councils.

In less austere times, LCC would have subsidised the 115 route, as they still do on Saturdays... for the moment.

B Parkinson, Leyland