Crime doesn’t pay, it costs

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CRIME doesn’t pay. And if you don’t believe that just check out the astonishing figure which police have taken from criminals in South Yorkshire after Proceeds of Crime cases heard in our courts.

It was decided some time ago that the authorities should make sure offenders should not profit by their offending.

And now it is becoming increasingly clear that our police are determined to hammer home that message by hitting the criminal fraternity where it hurts most - in their pockets.

The news gets even better.

For it has been shown that not only will some of the £8.5 million seized from crooks since 2005 be used by the police to continue their fight against criminals but also that a sizeable amount will be donated to good causes.

Crime may not pay but at least some worthy causes may profit from the financial hammering being handed out to the criminal fraternity.

Now is time to help businesses in need

IT’S not rocket science, but the message still seems to be missing the mark.

This region’s businesses need help and unless they get it now, more will go to the wall.

Today’s Business page reports how insolvency experts say seven out of 10 Yorkshire businesses are showing signs of distress and the outlook is bleak.

The reason is simple: consumers have less money to spend so stores have to discount further at a time when inflation is rising.

This makes cashflow an issue and as neither banks nor other creditors seem to be cutting businesses any slack, they are placed under more stress.

We will say it again - small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of our economy.

They need help and it’s about time the banks which were bailed out in the credit crunch came to the rescue of those in need.

Pets and rules

IT is understandable that Sheffield Homes need to enforce rules where pets are concerned in some of their properties across the city.

But we are delighted that the organisation is showing that it can be responsive to special cases and circumstances.

They have decided to allow diabetic Nikki Clarke to keep her pet dog, which alerts her to the fact that her blood-sugar level is falling.

Now Sheffield Homes is reviewing its rules over pets in flats.

This is good news. Pets can be a great comfort to people, particularly those who live alone.

Sheffield Homes has made the right decision here, but some pets - or, more accurately, their owners - are a nuisance and need rules.