Safety’s not a priority everywhere, it seems

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THOUGHT it was a bit rich of councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member of area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, to give revellers celebrating in the new year simple tips to help them stay safe (December 30), when only the previous week an article in the Gazette told of the controversial plan (an idea which is beyond awful!), to allow defenceless wild ponies to roam Cleadon Hills to save a few pennies on grass cutting.

Coun Dixon and her chums at the Labour-dominated South Tyneside Council appear to have taken no notice whatsoever to the opposition by Cleadon residents or indeed their representative councillor Jeff Milburn, who has said that the ponies would be in danger from people with air rifles and crossbows.

It was reported in the nationals recently that two teenage boys were arrested near Cardiff for stabbing a donkey 12 times, forcing the poor beast to miss a Nativity show!

Mr Milburn has also pointed out it would be a problem for dog owners, while even local people who own horses think it’s a ridiculous idea.

Ken Johnson,

Mowbray Road,

South Shields.