Violent criminals need locking up

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I’m disgusted here, I really am disgusted. Here we have a bank manager who stole £400,000 from an elderly customer and is fully deserving of a custodial sentence, that I think we can all agree on (WEP June 30).

But we also have here a man who realised he couldn’t beat his demons and knew his time was up, but still had the balls to face the victim.

I’m not excusing this man, I’m trying to point out that this gambling addict, once caught, is or was unlikely to commit another crime if spared jail.

Yet, he’s banged up despite being highly unlikely of committing another offence.

Turn over the page of the newspaper and we have two recent stories of two totally unconnected criminals who are responsible for dozens and dozens of crimes, crimes of violence and intimidation.

Yet, our justice system deemed the two violent men suitable to be back in the community, and freed from court.

Both of these men are 100% likely to re-offend, yet Mr Banker with a gambling problem, is highly likely not to re-offend.

Who will be behind bars and who will be out on the streets beating more innocents up?

Nearly half a million pounds deserves jail for sure, but ask yourselves, if there was only one space left in prison and you had Mr Banker or Rat Boy with an endless list of crimes in front of you, which one would you jail and which one would you allow back into society with an almighty community service to serve?

Delroy, via website

Petrol prices lead to fuel poverty

Are we supposed to thank George Osborne for delaying the fuel increase?

Some might, but with the gap between rich and poor increasing by the second, it can only end in more losers than winners.

Back in February, the RAC Foundation issued figures showing that four in five families were living in ‘transport poverty’. Today, that poverty has surely increased, and even with the price rise delay, millions of families will remain so! Doesn’t poverty create a divide at every level? With ‘transport’, it’s those who walk and cycle, and those who have cars – manpower versus petrol power.

Then divide drivers: those who must drive economically and those with ‘money to burn’. To any driver on a motorway, looking to keep their cost of living down, it’s all too apparent that a good many drivers (travelling way in excess of 70mph) don’t fear high fuel prices, or indeed crashing. How unfair does it need to get before the ‘poor’ get a better deal? With increasing poverty, financial crises, and climate change, don’t we need zero tolerance on excessive speed? An end to unlawful gas-guzzling, and to unlawful CO2 pollution, an end to ‘anti-social’ disregard for the nation’s poor and vulnerable!

Allen Ramsay, Radcliffe

Just a thought for you, Bob

Just a thought, who pays Barclays fine of £290m, Bob Diamond or the customers?

G T Reeve, address supplied