Police deserve thanks of all

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SOUTH Yorkshire Police are to be congratulated for the latest statistics which show they are one of the top forces in the country for cracking crime.

The figures show they solved 29 per cent of all burglaries, robberies and vehicle crimes committed during the year ending March 31 this year.

We appreciate that this leaves a lot of offences still under investigation – and we know that this will annoy officers who are dedicated to making our streets and communities safer for the law abiding people who live there.

But overall the situation is comforting for the vast majority of people who need to be reassured that crime is not as commonplace as they may believe and that the police are active on their behalf in bringing criminals to book.

We are indebted to the police in our county for all their hard work which, wrongly, is often taken for granted.

A success story - in anyone’s book

THE benefits of reading cannot be overstated. Whether it’s for work or pleasure, the power of the written word is infinite.

So we are delighted to report that a scheme sponsored by singing star Dolly Parton to give Rotherham youngsters a free book every month from birth to the age of five has got more children reading.

Not only that, the survey of 500 families showed that time spent reading by everyone in the family had increased since their children became part of the scheme – with all generations getting in on the action.

Parents felt books also improved their child’s development in speech, language, listening skills and vocabulary.

Therefore, all credit goes to everyone involved in a story which is a success in anyone’s book.

Without delay

THERE seems to be some uncertainty over the right of tenants in Sheffield to be fully consulted over changes which may be made to the management of their homes. In fact, there should be no doubt whatsoever.

Tenants are the most important people in the question of social housing. And it should be a right that their voices are heard loud and clear.

The issue was raised in the Commons by city MP Clive Betts who asked for assurances over the future of Sheffield Homes, whose contract with the city council expires in 2014.

And in the course of the ensuing exchange Local Government Minister Andrew Stunnell said he would look at including changes in law as part of the new Localism Bill to ensure a tenants’ voice on the future of council housing.

That is welcome. But it shows that this right is not enshrined in law, as it should be, and we hope this change is introduced without delay.