Police are right to be so open

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MAPS showing where crimes are committed in our neighbourhoods have caused concern to some people. But they shouldn’t. They are simply a way of the police letting the public know what has been happening in their communities.

As with any attempt to cover such a wide-ranging issue, there are bound to be anomalies. And that has proved to be the case in Sheffield, where one street was singled out as particularly problematic. This jarred with residents in Broomhall who believe their neighbourhood to be no worse - or better - than scores of others.

The probable reason why it was raised above the average was due to a police drugs operation which resulted in a number of arrests from the area.

But the underlying point of this exercise is to be open with the public and allow them to discover about offences close to their homes.

People complain when the police are secretive, and we in the media know better than most how annoying this can be, so they should welcome this act of openness.

Ambassador Adeel is leading the way

CONGRATULATIONS to teenager Adeel Zahman who has been given a Learner Achievement Award after rising through the ranks of apprentices taken on by Sheffield City Council.

And now he is being singled out as an ambassador to pass on the lesson to other young people that there are the opportunities around for them to carve out a career for themselves.

This is a highly important message at this particular time, when it is easy to look around and believe that there is no future for young people hoping to step out on a career path.

But Adeel has shown that with determination and hard work it is still possible to impress those about you and to set down markers which will serve you well in the years to come.

We hop that many more young people take heart from Adeel’s achievements and follow in his footsteps.

Cashing in on votes

THE price for democracy should never be measured in money. But the temptation to do just that is too high when we are told that a referendum in Sheffield on the Alternate Voting system is to cost a princely £500,000.

If you take into account the other three boroughs in the county, this comes to an eye-watering £1,594,739!

At a time when we are told that every penny spent in the public sector has to be made to count, it is difficult not to wonder whether this sum could have been better spent elsewhere.

Particularly as the majority of voters, until this referendum was dropped on them, didn’t have a strong view one way or the other on the perplexing question of electoral reform.