Letters, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Questions hang over thug case

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms Laura Wilkinson, who managed to track down the perpetrator of the mindless assault on her brother.

 The prosecutor at court opined that ‘it was a good piece of detective work on her part’.

 Indeed it was, if an elementary piece. And, though no one can fault her for taking the initiative, the question on my mind was why it fell to the victim’s sister to undertake this work, rather than the detectives at Northumbria Police, who are, after all, paid to do it?

 Or could it be that I am wrong in this assumption, and the police were pursuing the same line of inquiry as Ms Wilkinson?

 The Echo stated that she single-handedly tracked down the assailant. But, if Northumbria Police were hot on the heels of the offender, this still begs the question of why they did not get to the bottom of the matter before Ms Wilkinson, who is, presumably, unschooled in the art of detection and does not have the resources at her disposal that the police do?

 It seems to me that these are valid questions and if nobody from Northumbria Police can provide satisfactory answers to my questions, then perhaps Vera Baird, QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, might be able to help?

Wesley Crossland,

Sunderland.

Basic detection

WHAT a fantastic sibling Andrew Wilkinson has (Echo, August 13).

 The way Laura set about finding the mindless thug who assaulted her brother was a great read.

 Even though Laura did a great job in finding this thug, let’s not get away from the fact that this is basic detective work that should be routinely carried out by the police.

Ged Taylor,

Barnes.

Sugar is a problem

THE Echo reported on BBC2’s Sweets Made Simple, hosted by Kitty Hope (August 8).

 Although Kitty touched on a couple of health problems, obesity and diabetes, there was no mention of rotting teeth.

 Acid-forming sugar, known in some circles as ‘pure, white and deadly’, is probably the biggest cause of extractions and fillings.

 Children should not have to have their milk teeth extracted, (and suffer the side effects of a general anaesthetic) or have their teeth filled with mercury and other metals.

 These dental treatments and the consumption of sweets and sugary drinks should not be considered normal, even though they might be common.

 Of course, sweets and sugar rot adults’ teeth but they should be old enough to know better.

 To get to its white state, the refineries strip the product of all its minerals and B vitamins. You are then left with nothing more than calories.

 Molasses is the residue of sugar refining. Crude blackstrap molasses contains several minerals and is a rich source of most of the B vitamins.

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