One law for the rich

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OUR judicial system is of two tiers, one for the rich (“money will get us anywhere”) and one for the rest of us.

The trial for Rebekah Brooks will last six months and cost millions all paid for by the taxpayer.

The true amount will never be revealed, it would cause public outrage. She has as much chance of gaol as I have of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Just another facet of a society in decay.

G T Reeves

Thompson Street


Don’t tar with same brush

There are numerous articles about the ignorance of dog owners and how we are all tarred with the same brush. I would like to speak out on behalf of us responsible dog owners. There are many of us who DO actually clean up after our pets, through rain, shine and snow!

We also carry around the baggies with poop in until we eventually find a bin. If the rest of the dog owners are to follow suit maybe one small yet simple solution is to put up more bins? The lack of bins is astounding!

I ask that people stop having a go at us and help think up viable solutions, and, as I said, more bins seems logical!

Emma Seaward


Put owners behind bars

I am very pleased to hear that new laws are to be introduced raising the maximum jail sentence for owners of dogs that kill or injure someone.

There have been too many tragedies involving people, often children, mauled by dogs and there has long been the need for legislation to cover private property where many of these tragedies have unfolded.

The maxim that ‘there’s no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad owner’ is true and increasing the maximum sentence for a fatal dog attack from two to 14 years will hopefully prove a deterrent.

Some might argue that five years, the proposed maximum sentence for a dog attack that injures someone, is not long enough but then again that’s the same maximum for unlawful wounding.

Sadly I fear that it will take a dog owner being slammed behind bars for a long time for a fatal attack before the message hits home that attacks by out of control dogs will not be tolerated.

The very great majority of dog owners in this country are responsible and sensible but as always it is the minority who cause the problems impinging on the lives of the innocent.

Louise Bours

chairman, UKIP Cheshire

Ban animal testing

Cruelty Free International invites readers to join leading manufacturers and famous names to campaign for a ban on animal tested household products.

Leading retail brands like Astonish, Method and Ecover have joined Cruelty Free International to request the UK government make good on its pledge to introduce a ban for testing household products and their ingredients on animals.

Cruelty Free International is disappointed that after three years of consideration and promises the Government has still not made a final announcement regarding the ban and now looks set on doing a U-turn having indicated that only finished products will be covered by the ban and not the ingredients.

Public action can help make a ban a reality and so we are urging your readers to get involved with our new campaign, Clean Up Cruelty, which has the support of MPs, companies and famous faces such as Sherrie Hewson from ITV’s Loose Women.

We invite your readers to join us by signing our petition at

Michelle Thew

Cruelty Free International