COLUMNIST: Dozy’s Rambles on armed police, hustings and festivals

Should all police in the UK be armed or just the armed response team?
Should all police in the UK be armed or just the armed response team?

AN armed robber was shot and wounded by police in the UK over the weekend. An unarmed black man running away from the police in America was shot in the back five times and died at the scene.

There have been many calls over the years for police in the UK to be armed but the majority of serving police officers do not want to carry weapons.

There is, of course, an elite team of highly-trained armed response officers employed by the service, but is this enough?

With an increase in violent crime locally – recently five in Adur and Worthing alone involved guns, the question comes up again, should our police officers be armed?

What happened in America is a perfect example of why, in general, British police should not be armed. What happened in the UK is the perfect example of police acting in a controlled situation, calmly, and it works well in this country. Many would say that arming the police will mean more criminals will go out armed. I would love to hear other people’s opinions.

n It’s wonderful that we have hustings in this country, when candidates of all colours can meet up in a public forum to discuss and argue their policies.

For the past couple of years, the festival been under the direction of Mella Faye Punchard, who has really brought a new lease of life to an event that was becoming rather boring and mundane

Mike Mendoza

I can’t remember so many of these events taking place over an election period. It’s great that so many media bodies and several other organisations have taken the initiative to put together various meetings.

I am, however, surprised that Shoreham’s Ropetackle Arts Centre has an event but they are charging the public for the privilege of listening to the candidates. Surely, these events should be free for all?

Adur Churches Forum is holding a similar event at the Shoreham Centre and it is free, and includes tea and coffee. I know which one I will attend.

n It looks like the weather is at last changing for the better. Maybe we will have a ‘summer’ this year?

In Adur, there are a number of outdoor events about to take place which really will put Shoreham well and truly on the map.

Unfortunately, one event will be for all the wrong reasons. It is a shame local authorities do not liaise properly and look at diaries.

West Sussex County Council announced the closure of Adur Ferry Bridge for a three-week period, which coincided with the Shoreham Fort open weekend, the Wild Life Festival and, of course, Beach Dreams. It makes you wonder at times.

Luckily, the county council saw sense when it was queried and now say the bridge will be open for those weekends.

With the wonderful Adur Festival about to take off, also during the bridge closure, my fingers are crossed that the weather continues to be fine and it continues to go from strength to strength.

For the past couple of years, the festival been under the direction of Mella Faye Punchard, who has really brought a new lease of life to an event that was becoming rather boring and mundane.

The festival, which runs from May 30 to June 14, is a celebration of arts and community and an opportunity to connect creatively across our district.

There are nearly 60 events taking place over the period. The theme this year is Food of Love, inspiring events like pop-up vintage tearooms and community vegetable patches, and on which the street parties in Shoreham, Lancing and Southwick on June 13 will be based.

If last year was anything to go by, then this year will be brilliant and hopefully will be supported by the whole community.