Let us build a safer Sheffield

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SHEFFIELD has long enjoyed a reputation for being one of the safest cities in the country and today brings the proof.

Violent crime in this city is the lowest among the country’s biggest cities outside London.

Our council says this is down to the safe culture that exists in Sheffield.

It also praises the effectiveness of the city’s services in addressing how and why young people get into crime.

We are happy to endorse this view and are also pleased to see the council wants to improve the situation further.

The worst thing that could happen is that complacency takes hold so it is encouraging to hear of a realistic approach which accepts problems exist.

Too many teenagers are still appearing in court charged with violent crimes and we need effective means of tackling this.

Let us hope agencies work together to maintain Sheffield’s safe reputation and improve it further.

Message of hope from bully ordeal

LIKE many teenagers, Samantha Cave has a ‘silly argument’ with a friend online.

It soon escalated into a horrifying daily ordeal of taunts, abuse and even death threats.

Cruel school bullies have left her battling health problems even now and she admits, they almost ruined her life.

But thanks to her mum, and inner strength, Samantha has pulled through to become a remarkable young woman.

At the age of just 21 she has her own business and is studying for a degree –admirable achievements for anyone.

And by sharing her awful experiences in a television documentary she is also spreading the hope that things can get better, that support is available.

Treat women fairly

THE incidence of harassment of women in public places is quite frankly shocking – especially in this day and age.

Surveys have found it is commonplace on the streets, at bus and train stops, inside and outside pubs and clubs, at school and in work.

Yet very few women bother to report it because they believe the police and judiciary will do little about it.

The impact on women is that many are forced to change their behaviour in public places because of fear of harassment or violence. Last night’s walk was a symbolic step to demonstrate that women should be treated equally.

But it was only one small step. There needs to be attitudinal change to make the women we care about feel safer.