Tell Greeks to pull finger out

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THREE years after local youngster Matthew Cryer lost his life on the holiday island of Zante and his family is still no closer to seeing justice done.

The Greek authorities have shown themselves to be indolent almost to the point of irresponsibility.

Their initial investigation was pathetically shallow and their reaction to later revelations was an insult to 17-year-old Matthew’s parents.

And today, as the death passes its third anniversary, three prime suspects remain at large as the authorities claim they are ‘too busy’ to deal with the case.

This is not only an insult to the grieving parents and family of Matthew but will be a shock to anyone who intends to take a holiday in that country. For there is clearly neither a guarantee that anyone wronged can expect justice in their case but also obvious signals that the welfare and protection of visitors to Greece come a poor second to local interests. It took a coroner in this country, in the course of his investigations ahead of an inquest into Matthew’s death, to uncover the shabby police work carried out in Greece.

The inquest ruled that Matthew was ‘unlawfully killed’. In any civilised and self-respecting country that should be a strong enough wake up call to ensure a thorough and comprehensive investigation. But self respect seems to run a very shallow course in Greece.

Once more we urge our Government to take a robust stand in this case, both for the sake of Matthew and for the reassurance of anyone planning to take a holiday there who needs to know that the Greek authorities are capable of looking after the interests of visitors to their country.

Women of Steel at the Palace

WE are constantly surprised – and delighted, of course – by the way our campaign for recognition to be shown to the women who kept the city’s steelworks operating through the war years has gone from strength to strength.

Hundreds of women rallied to our cause when one of their number innocently asked why they could not be honoured in the same way that Land Army girls were celebrated fro their contribution to the war effort.

Since then, the accolades have been showered on the heads of our Women of Steel.

The latest was when two women were selected to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace, followed by a chance to go backstage at the Palladium Theatre and being treated to a visit to the Imperial War Museum, where a display is being staged to mark the contribution of industry towards winning the war.

It is a pity that every surviving woman of steel was not able to be present for the big day but we are sure that they are happy that the women’s contribution to keeping the steelworks operating is finally recognised.