Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Fireworks a real menace.
AT the beginning of the year, New Year's Eve to be accurate, a young girl was killed at home in Liverpool over which there was a court case.
At that time I submitted a poem in the reader's poem section of the paper. It was titled a dog's life, in which I more or less pointed out the significance of the effect fireworks have on most animals, mainly dogs.
Staffies at the most time are a volatile breed being terriers and part of their role was to protect herdsmen from bulls in earlier times.
I have a cross border collie, a very gentle dog and between 10.30 and 11pm last night someone decided to set some of these high explosive devices off close to my house and it took me at least 10 minutes to calm my dog down.
Speaking to other dog owners it is surprising how many do have problems the days from October to January with their pets.
There is a growing concern about the safety aspect of children getting hold of the most dangerous of these and should only be obtainable to organised displays and in the hands of experts.
Lesser types could be still sold over the counter to responsible adults.
And the former should be taken off the shelves and only held in a secure place not on open display.
COLIN BELL, North View, Forest Hall.