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DRUG dealers are parasites who deserve to be swatted at every opportunity.

They cause untold misery which costs society millions of pounds every year and they don’t care.

So we are pleased to report on the fate of Shakeel Afsar, a dealer who ran a cannabis production gang in Sheffield.

He has been ordered to pay back £278,000 of his ill-gotten gains to the authorities after being jailed last year.

Better still, Afsar must pay back the money within six months or face another three years in prison.

This is an excellent result and one for which both the police and the justice system deserve credit.

Critics are keen to tell the police to tackle drug crime and dish out sentencing advice to the courts.

But this action proves that our police force can catch drug dealers and that the justice system knows how to deal with them.

It also sends out a clear and powerful message to criminals who profit from crime – you will be made to pay it back or face further terms of imprisonment.

Sense of service should win day

TODAY’S strike by the British Medical Association has had an effect but perhaps not as dramatic as people expected.

No doubt it was inconvenient for GP appointments to be put back and some operations to be cancelled, but the scale was not as nightmarish as first thought. In Sheffield, less than half of GP surgeries were expected to be affected while hospitals were planning for only minor differences to the daily routine.

The reason for this is that most doctors snubbed the union’s day of action. And that is because most doctors have a sense of duty which is one patients are grateful for.

They realised this was not the time for a strike, considering the hardships so many of their patients are facing. So, as is usually the case, doctor knows best

Happy wrecking

DEMOLITION work often makes readers wistful, thinking back to a building’s better days.

But the presence of JCBs on site at St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield is one which should make us think of the future.

The Whirlow hospice has served many families in many ways but needs to develop to survive. This demolition work will make space for a new extension which should help the much admired institution thrive for years to come. So salute the demolition and think of better days to come.