Time Daniel’s misery ended

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FOR 15 years Daniel Grainger has been through hell.

He was only five when his mother was murdered and ever since nobody has been able to find her killer.

Daniel not only lost his mum, he also lost his childhood. He should have shared all those magical moments only a boy and his mum can have.

Instead, he has had to lead a campaign to keep the case open and try to find the killer.

Today is the 15th anniversary of the murder and once again Daniel is appealing for information.

Somebody out there knows what happens.

They should think of Daniel and all his suffering over the years.

Then they should pick up the phone and tell police.

Do it for Daniel, he deserves some peace.

Enough is enough in this fine farce

AFTER three years pursuing a pensioner over a £30 parking fine, it is time for Derby Dales District Council to call it a day.

While we understand that the law should be obeyed and offenders punished, the case of John Agars deserves some discretion.

The retired heating engineer has been in dispute over a ticket issued for parking on white lines while he escorted his 89-year-old disabled mother to the toilet.

He lost an appeal, but witheld payment leading to a court case. The sorry saga must have cost more than the £30 fine and surely now is the time for compromise.

Mr Agars has offered to pay the original fine and we suggest this is accepted because nobody loses face and the law has been obeyed.

Time for action

PATIENCE is beginning to wear a little thin with the delays in the city centre’s Sevenstone retail regeneration plans.

Delivering a scheme of this size is a gamble in today’s economic climate so we understand the caution exercised by site owner Hammerson in delivering the project.

Timing will be all and with the latest predictions of economic growth at a standstill, now may not be the right time to push the button.

But this is a scheme that has been too long in the planning stage. Nick Clegg last month announced a £50m boost for regenerating derelict sites that the city council said could kick-start the project.

It is time that Hammerson now shed some light on their timetable.