YEP Says, May 14: Some justice at last for tragic Christi and Bobby

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IN 2006, Christi and Bobby Shepherd went on a family holiday to Greece from which they would never return.

IN 2006, Christi and Bobby Shepherd went on a family holiday to Greece from which they would never return.

Killed by carbon monoxide which seeped into their Corfu villa from a faulty boiler, the bodies of seven-year-old Christi and her six-year-old brother, from Wakefield, were discovered by a chambermaid.

Shamefully it took eight-and-a-half years for their parents to secure answers to their questions as to how their children were lost – and even then representatives from holiday firm Thomas Cook refused to co-operate fully with the children’s inquests.

An inquest is a fact-finding hearing and not a trial in which blame for a death can be apportioned. It means that witnesses do not have to answer questions if it puts them at risk of criminal prosecution.

Even so, this was a disgraceful performance in light of the deaths of two innocent children and those concerned should hang their heads in shame.

Despite the verdicts of unlawful killing, it is unlikely further criminal charges will be brought against those who were culpable in this appalling tragedy. Nevertheless, there must be a fundamental and continuous review of the protocols in place to ensure the safety of holidaymakers. Hotels and travel operators have a duty of care to their customers and no short cuts must be taken. Lives depend on it.

How to beat the fake beggars

WHEN we part with our hard-earned money to help others, we want to be sure it’s going to people in genuine need.

So giving to beggars has become a double-edged sword. Fears that most of them already lead comfortable lifestyles and are simply using it as a way to make easy cash means those who genuinely need help don’t get it.

The answer is to back the new Think Before You Give campaign. This enables you to text donations, safe in the knowledge that they will go to the most vulnerable in the city rather than the chancers.

And if you do want to give to street beggars, hand over food or drink rather than cash.