Letters, Saturday, April 30th, 2011

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Easy way to fluish out loo menaces

IT used to be Jaws which put fear into hearts of bathers and emptied the beaches of holiday makers, but now some things are far more scary than giant sharks – things flushed down the loos.

When I was young and brought up only yards from Whitburn beach, I spent a lot of happy memorable times swimming in the North Sea with many great friends.

I always remember reading and being inspired by the great Lord George Gordon Noel Byron. At 10 years old, I thought never a truer word, but now how very sad it’s no longer true:

“Roll on thou deep dark ocean roll!

Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain

Man marks the earth with ruin

His control stops with the shore.”

Even the mighty seas are now polluted by many obscenities which should be binned or burned, not flushed down the loo.

These are crimes we have no control over – crimes which seriously endanger our health. There is a way to stop this disease spreading laziness by placing everyone’s DNA on computer file. Then we could pick up a sample item of rubbish from the beach and identify the culprit within minutes.

National Data Bank DNA, as I’ve campaigned before for, would solve almost any crime conclusively for a fraction of the cost.

Surely we have to look to science and technology to catch the bad minority who are human rats?

Jimmy Chambers, Rickleton, Washington

Wonderful staff

MY husband was in Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Ward 58 for seven weeks after a stroke.

I would like to thank everyone who helped Tom – the doctors, nursing staff and domestic staff who always had a smile for him.

I cannot praise them enough. They are all angels in disguise doing a very hard job.

Mrs R. Tyrrell, Sunderland

Ban the whip

IT is welcome news that Towcester racecourse in Northamptonshire has announced it will ban jockeys from beating horses with the whip and will disqualify those who do.

Our latest report, Beaten to the Line 2010, reveals that, last year, the British Horseracing Authority’s rules were broken more than 17 times per week.

At the moment, many jockeys repeatedly misuse the whip because, even when they are found guilty of misconduct, they still keep their winnings.

Animal Aid is calling on all Britain’s racecourses to follow Towcester’s example and end the use of the whip in racing. Please contact us on 01732 364546 or visit www.animalaid.org.uk for a free Ban the Whip information pack.

Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid

Great generosity

ONCE again I would like to acknowledge the fantastic generosity of North East folk after my recent collections on behalf of Grace House at Washington Galleries and Clay’s Garden Centre at Washington.

The amounts donated were £245.68 and £271.19 on April 16 and April 23 – awesome!

The total raised so far after my parachute jump on April 8 is now over the £10,000 mark. Donations can still be made on www.justgiving.com/jeff-coxon.

Ten thousand thanks.

Jeff Coxon, Lawnside, Seaham