I was interested to read your news item today about juvenile crime (March 15).
Recently a gang of young lads/youths who I do not recognise have suddenly started gathering outside a local shop on the Lea Farm Drive/Lea Farm Road, Leeds, LS5 intersection.
They stand on the shop step making it difficult to get by them and push and shove people in the shop.
It has stopped me wanting to use the shop which will have financial consequences for them.
They shout at passers-by and I have seen them throwing stones at people.
Occasionally what appear to be their mothers are with them, of whom these yobs take no notice, of course.
Why bother informing the police?
Yobs like this are not high on their targets, even though there is a clear potential for violence if locals get sick of them and retaliate.
The same will apply to the Council: if you complain to them, as I have about abusive neighbours, they actually ask you to take part in a mediation meeting with the perpetrators who cause the (in my case, extremely offensive) abuse. Anything but get rid of them, in fact.
Never mind my rights, always protect the offenders is the motto these days. So much for valuing hard working people!
R Kimble, by email
Wrong way: Other cities get tubes and trams, we get traffic jams
‘The trolley bus, the folly bus,
What a joke, but the joke’s on us,
Leeds being squeezed to fund our share,
Centres, services closing everywhere,
Other cities get tubes and trams,
Leeds gets left with the traffic jams.
Whitehall has us under their thumb,
All for a scheme that’s completely dumb.’
Leeds needs a proper Rapid Transport link. Tube trains whizzing through our city. Leeds no longer the nation’s pity. Leeds Airport joining the Hub of the Nation linked by rail to Leeds Central Station. All that is needed is a proper plan for something that will work, not this dreadful scam.
K Cowell, Ring Road, Farnley
Cycle legally, or don’t cycle
IN reply to the letter by Nick Keer (Yorkshire Evening Post, March 14) saying how happy he is to break the law and ride his bike on the pavements.
And that as it is for his safety he can ignore that law with immunity.
Well, as a pedestrian, I often feel intimidated by him and like-minded idiots who cycle on pavements, then using his rationale I’m well within my rights to push any cyclist who comes near me off his bike for my own safety.
As far as I can see, if Nick Keer is not happy cycling legally then he has only two options. Firstly, live with his fears and cycle with extra care legally or do not cycle.
Ivan Kovacks, by email
Misdiagnosed with rickets
It’s very sad that to hear that rickets may again be rearing its ugly head in today’s modern world.
My mum told me once that when I was a very small child she took me on my usual weekly visit to the clinic, and was told that I had rickets.
This was probably around 1939-40. Panicking, she took me to my grandma.
Grandma, who never ever swore, said: “She’s no more got damned rickets than I have!” It turned out she was right.
Subsequently they discovered that when I was sitting in my high chair, I was placing my feet against the table and pushing the chair, and myself, backwards. No doubt the combined weight was bending the still-soft bones in my legs, thus the misdiagnosed rickets!
Instant cure – move my chair further away from the table!
I do remember, though, in my early years of growing up, seeing several people with deformed bodies. The first time, I can still remember very clearly; a man who had obviously had the condition, his legs formed what you might call a near-perfect “K” shape. (Is that where we got the expression “K-legged”, do you think?)
My mum told me off very sharply for staring at him, and explained what must have happened, together with her usual comment: “Be glad it’s not you.”
Denise Marsden, Cookridge
Passing verdict on Bob Crow
Bob Crow, who died last week, was the working class hero who got the gaffer’s job.
A supporter of Lenin, one of the 20th century’s mass murderers, also of Fidel Castro who has made Cuba a byword for poverty and repression.
Last year, two days after Margaret Thatcher died, Crow expressed a fervent hope that she would “rot in hell.”
There seems no reason why others should not now judge him as he once judged her.
But no one, save his fellow Comrades beneath the ‘Red Flag’ should have to pretend that this country is a worst place without him.
Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet
Taking up two seats on plane
With reference to letters about not giving up seats on public transport, has anyone experienced people who want two seats to themselves on planes even though the next seat is booked?
I had this problem some years ago when I had been allocated seat “C” next to the aisle and when I got on, it was occupied by a well dressed pompous man who when I enquired if that was my seat replied: “No it’s mine”.
I then politely asked him to move and he replied: “All in good time”.
When I insisted he moved over as people couldn’t pass he said he would “think about it”.
Eventually the stewardess intervened and he reluctantly moved to allow me to sit down.
Crimean vote too democratic
So the people of Crimea have voted by a 97 per cent majority, their wish to join the Russian Federation.
So it is no surprise then that the unelected Eurocrats, Barroso, Ashton et al, have denounced their decision. After all, that smacks far too much of democracy for them.
G Waite, Leeds 11
Holding the key to the Tatler
Mrs K Smith’s comments about the location of the Tatler Cinema (YEP) March 15) were absolutely correct.
My late mother-in-law was a cleaner and key holder there until well in to her seventies. A job she had done for many years.
As honest and hardworking a lady as it would be possible to find anywhere; having known little in her life other than hard graft, due to her husband being mostly unwell, off work and, to say the least, a bit work shy.
One Christmas Eve I arranged to pick her up by car when the cinema had closed, after which as a keyholder, she had the task of locking the doors and securing the premises.
I duly picked her up and brought her home to far Beeston, returned home myself and thought nothing of it.
Until the following day (Christmas Day) when my wife found that being uncertain as to whether or not she had locked up at The Tattler she had walked back to town and home again just to make sure; a distance of some miles especially at her age.
Needless to say my wife was not best pleased. But the dear old lady was like that, one of the old school, honest and conscientious to a fault, and did what she did rather than bother me again. Bless her!
Now there is a mother-in-law tale which is totally complimentary. Having been married to her daughter for 53 years, I can honestly say no other.
Ernest Lundy, by email
My blind date at the Tatler
In the article concerning the Tatler Cinema, Mrs K Smith is correct, it was on Boar Lane.
I remember this so well, 8th September 1962 I had a blind date, meeting my future wife outside.
We will be celebrating our Golden Wedding in October. It closed in 1964. The News Theatre in City Square became the Tatler in 1969 showing erotic films!
Irvine Lawrence, Knaresborough