Driving home danger lesson

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THOUSANDS of hearts will today go out to Joanne Capille who tells the tear-stained story of the day she lost her mum June when her path crossed that of two racing drivers.

Adam Cox and Simon Chevens were total strangers but they bonded in an instant as they instinctively decided to race each other through the sleepy streets of a Sheffield housing estate.

That senseless, arrogant, selfish decision tore a hole through Joanne’s world which can never be repaired when one of the cars crashed into June as she innocently drove home.

The law has taken its course and the two drivers are now paying the price for their reckless behaviour.

But Joanne has bravely stepped forward to help a road safety campaign drive home the message that cars can be dangerous instruments in the wrong hands. She hopes her involvement may go some way towards preventing others enduring the heartbreak which has haunted her for the last 14 months, since June’s death.

We hope the message Joanne is spreading is taken to heart by the young audience at whom it is directed. For, regardless of the efforts of the authorities to engineer safety into our roads, theywill remain a dangerous playground until inexperience drivers learn, as Joanne says, not to ‘treat their cars like toys’.

Call to action for nation’s industries

SHEFFIELD’S Cutlers’ Company is one of the oldest of its kind in the country, but its leaders are only too well aware of the challenges and problems facing today’s industries.

And this is shown clearly in the words of the organisation’s Senior Warden, Pam Liversidge who tonight addresses the 375th Cutlers’ Feast.

Despite the historic resonance of the event, she is to use the occasion to sound a rallying call for future action to tackle the lack of funding for industry, the skills gap and the maze of red tape that haunts British business.

These are powerful sentiments but if manufacturing industry is to play its part in our economic recovery, they must be given a place at the core of future government planning.

Hit where it hurts

EDWARD Mosley has been hit where it hurts businessmen most - in the pocket. For the company director has been ordered to pay a stinging sum after his firm was involved in the illegal dumping of nearly 1,400 tonnes of waste close to a Sheffield nature reserve. Others involved in the outrageous example of fly tipping have also been dealt with for their part. This is a clear example that the authorities take a dim view of anyone who ignores the laws which are in place to protect the public from the fallout of our region’s industrial past.