Don’t let the fakes fool you

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THE huge rise in sales of counterfeit alcohol gives us great cause for concern.

What can appear to be a bargain is actually a very dangerous con.

Bottles seized in this city have contained potentially deadly substances such as chloroform and industrial contaminates.

And the alcohol content in some ‘vodka’ bottles has been as high as 57 per cent.

That’s not a bargain, that is madness.

We understand that because money is tight so more people are looking to get things cheaper.

But it only takes one wrong batch of counterfeit alcohol to come into the city and there could be a fatality.

The message is simple: anyone who buys fake booze thinking they are getting a good deal is kidding themselves.

At best it is likely to damage your health or at worst could kill you.

So be wise, trust your commonsense and avoid the risk. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Make today your Good Deed Day

WE know Sheffield folk are friendly.

And that goes for our neighbours in Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.

So now is our chance to prove it by meeting The Star’s challenge to do one good thing a day and show that community spirit is alive and well.

It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Sometimes, it’s the little acts of kindness which go a long way.

Like helping someone to their feet after they’ve fallen. Or lending an arm to those in need when crossing the road.

Maybe you could donate to a charity shop, pick up some litter or open the door for another.

The main thing is to get involved and let us know.

We will report your efforts in a Good Deed Day special, which we know will showcase all that’s good about you.

Room to improve

WE bet the train operators are laughing all the way to the bank with the Government announcement that their franchises are going to be extended.

But that should not give them carte blanche to provide more of the same.

While it is important to recognise that East Midlands Trains in particular has upped its service and has improved its customer service ratings in the past 12 months, there is more to be done.

Trains still run late, ticket prices are ridiculously expensive and we still have problems of overcrowding.

There appears to be no real penalty coming from the Government, just an acceptance that prices can soar.