Letters, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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People no longer feel safe in city

A YOUNG woman is raped and a young man stabbed – sounds more like Detroit than Sunderland.

 Police patrols in the city centre are nowhere to be seen after 2am, why?

 There is a patrol car once in a blue moon – no wonder people do not want to come to Sunderland.

 In Durham there is taxi enforcement every weekend and in Newcastle – but Sunderland taxi enforcement?

 Recently, the police introduced operation sanctuary. No illegal picking up of fares by out of town taxis and Sunderland private hire, but there is no enforcement so what’s the point?

 People do not come to Sunderland because they no longer feel safe.

 God help us when they move Gillbridge to Shields.

D Swann

Confusing birthday

BEING born and bred in Washington, I feel a little confused as to why Sunderland City Council is advertising Washington’s 50th birthday.

 To me this is an insult to its residents and an utter disrespect to the proud history of Washington.

 I know certain residents between the ages of 50 and 90, who have lived in Washington all their lives, but how can this be if Washington is only 50 years old?

 Just for the record Washington this year is 475 years old and before 1539 was known as Wessington and back to 1096 it was known as Wasidone.

 Does Sunderland City Council actually mean Washington New Town is 50 years old?

 Then why is New Town not on the advertisements? Is this because, if my mind serves me correctly, certain councillors have claimed that Washington had lost its town status. If so what exactly are we celebrating?

 Can someone from the council just clarify that Washington still is a “new town” with a town status, which all Washington’s residents believe anyway, and then can we change the advertisements to Washington “new town’s” 50th birthday, thus respecting the more elderly members and the history of the Original Washington.

Dave Irwin,

proud resident Oxclose, Washington,

born Barmston 1973

Conflict bravery

THE Echo’s interesting feature on the First World War failed to mention one major power that supported the allied cause.

 My father fought on the Somme and elsewhere in France alongside men and boys from India, a distant country that contributed 1,500,000 troops of which 45,000 lost their lives in Europe.

 Although a volunteer for the European conflict, father was then transferred with his regiment to fight alongside Sikh troops to defend India in the third Afghan war.

 I was brought up to hear tales of comradeship, valour and mutual respect.

Ken Spencer,

Ashbrooke