Opinion: Shoplifting crackdown

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We are pleased to see the police getting tough on shoplifting. They swooped on more than 20 homes of suspected shoplifters as a response to a rise in the number of offences.

We understand that times are hard, but this is no excuse for law breaking so it is important that what can be viewed as a petty crime is given the full weight of the law. And there can be no doubt that a police calling card should make it clear that shoplifting will not be accepted. we hope anyone contemplating criminality thinks again and avoids the path of temptation.


Once again, Sheffield has delivered an amazing world snooker championship. And it wasn’t onlyn the incredible skill of champion Ronnie O’Sullivan which left the audience gasping. More than 38,000 tickets were sold, which is the most ever. More than £1 million was raised in revenue, yet another record. It makes the tournament the most successful, which sustains our reputation as the home of snooker. We look forward to the tournament remaining here for years to come. The city’s case is obvious - we deliver what the fans want. Let’s not break a winning formula.


The city’s reputation for musical excellence is long established and the name of Reverend and the Makers can now be added to those who have achieved. Their song, Shine The Light, has been voted by the public as the first ever official FA Cup Anthem and the band will perform it at the FA Cup final on Saturday. It will also be an anthem for next year’s campaign. This is well-deserved success for a band who have been on the fringes for long enough. Let’s hope Reverend and the Makers join Sheffield’s musical hall of fame, a back catalogue which is the envy of so many.