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Re: The Star headlines where a young dad was slashed with a knife, beaten with a hammer and told he would be shot along with the rest of his terrified family. One escaped to a neighbour and sounded the alarm to the police, another little girl phoned 999 too whilst the thugs were ransacking the house. It took half an hour after the robbers had left for armed police to respond. Plus the time when the phone calls were made.

In another story, armed police swooped on a Lidl store in time to tackle a shoplifter before he made his getaway thanks to their swift response. Well I don’t suppose a shoplifter would have a hammer, knife or gun, would he?

Geoff Davies

Hoyland Common, Barnsley, S74