Ban 24-hour drinking
PUBLISHED: 17:29 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 23 August 2010
THE front page of the Reporter last week revealed just how dangerous Gravesend is in the eyes of the town s residents. Over the past three weeks there have been shocking incidents of violence in the town centre, too many for a relatively small town like
THE front page of the Reporter last week revealed just how dangerous Gravesend is in the eyes of the town's residents.
Over the past three weeks there have been shocking incidents of violence in the town centre, too many for a relatively small town like Gravesend, our home.
But what can be done? It is obvious that a lot of people don't want to go into the town on a Friday or a Saturday night, they don't feel safe enough. The community is still reeling from the assault on a girl in Darnley Road and the attack on a man that left him in hospital. This only two weeks after a 55-year-old man was brutally attacked outside the taxi rank in New Road.
Since I have lived in north Kent, it seems to be getting worse and the problem seems to always stem from alcohol.
The incidents of the past few weeks show that we aren't dealing with the problems that come out of 24-hour drinking. We actually need to see a return to how it was before and maybe we can go back to feeling safer again.
Last week Luke Aujila was found guilty of murdering Gian Chand Bajar, the highly-respected taxi driver. I remember the day it happened - we had lost such a highly thought of man and a lot of people I know where devastated by what had happened. There was an outpouring of grief with hundreds attending his funeral. But one year on, at last justice has been done and the man that did it is behind bars for the next 20 years. I hope this sends out a message to people that think about assaulting people like Taxi drivers, you won't get away with it, you will be caught.