YEP Says, March 17: Thug brought to justice – thanks to YEP readers

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So savage was the unprovoked attack carried out on Robert Tuck that after emerging from a coma he had to learn to walk and talk again.

SO savage was the unprovoked attack carried out on Robert Tuck that after emerging from a coma he had to learn to walk and talk again.

Robert was left for dead in a pool of his own blood at a flat in Beeston. He underwent life-saving surgery after his head doubled in size due to the swelling to his brain.

Yet chillingly the violent thug responsible for his life-changing injuries could have escaped justice were it not for the YEP and its readers.

We printed a photo of on-the-run Latvian national Alfz Baronins as the police searched for him in connection with the assault.

He was subsequently arrested as a direct result of information provided by a member of the public, who had seen the police’s appeal to trace him in this newspaper.

Baronins is now where he should be – in a jail cell as he starts his 20-year sentence.

His capture shows why it is so important that there is a close relationship between police, press and public.

While it’s up to officers to do their best to keep us safe and uphold law and order, we too have a crucial role to play.

We should all be grateful for the public spiritedness of the reader who contacted the police and alerted them to Baronins’ whereabouts.

We’re all safer now that this thug is behind bars.

Road vital to new homes

IF Leeds is to pull off the hugely ambitious house-building programme set out by the council then a huge amount of infrastructure needs to be put in first.

The granting of permission for the development of a new road serving East Leeds – earmarked for thousands of new homes – has set the ball rolling.

Residents will not be looking forward to the upheaval likely to be caused as the road takes shape over the next few years, but there will undoubtedly be benefits too.

This new link will make travel in and out of Leeds faster and more convenient and, in terms of those new homes, it’s absolutely vital.

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