Crackdown is important step

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SHEFFIELD’S twilight world of drug dealing was thrown under the spotlight when a judge hauled more than two dozen young offenders before him to meet their fates.

It was the culmination of a highly successful police operation which dealt a major blow to the city’s underworld by clipping the wings of a small army of young people who gambled their futures on the chance of cashing in on the riches of the drugs world.

This case should have left those involved in no doubt that the police in the city are determined to make life as difficult - and costly - as possible for those who are prepared to blight their young lives through drugs.

And we hope that those who were waiting in the wings for their chance to join the drugs underworld will now be having second thoughts.

Drugs are an evil and corrosive spectre which infects many parts of our modern world. They bring a destructive element into young lives and wreck families.

The kind of crackdown we have witnessed is a major step towards a world which has rid itself of this menace.

Let us hope it is a lasting step for we are sure that all our lives would be better and more fulfilling in a world free of the evil of drugs.

A positive result from this tragedy

PARTIALLY-blind and registered disabled, Colin Greenwood was hardly about to put up much of a fight when two teenage thugs set about him at a city tram stop. They beat and kicked the helpless father of four until the life was ebbing from him.

There may be some satisfaction for his family that the attackers were ordered to be sentenced to four years. But only a little satisfaction.

We hope that more comfort comes from the fact that Colin’s case has been taken up by writer Katharine Quarmby in a book about hate crimes directed at the disabled.

These are despicable offences and, as Katharine shows, they’re more common than we may care to admit to. This is an important book on a subject which deserves to be brought out into the full, ugly glare of daylight.

At least something positive is finally coming from Colin’s tragic end.

Hidden ambition

MOST people would fall into the depths of despair at losing their job. Not Lauren Dowling. The Sheffield woman decided the time was right to launch her own business when she was made redundant. And now she is boss of a fledgeling clothing company, with some of her creations on show in the city centre. Lauren is a positive example for anyone who feels that the weight of the world has landed on their shoulders after suffering the loss of their job. You just need to harness your inner talents and bring out your ambition.