Police machine-guns were not highlight of kids' fun day!
PUBLISHED: 18:27 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010
Dear Editor, I WAS disappointed at the Advertiser's coverage of the community fun day in Poplar on August 10. The purpose was to promote responsibility and safety, safe drug and alcohol usage and ways of contacting the police in emergency. The reporting gave the impression that showing guns was the highlight. This was not so
I WAS disappointed at the East London Advertiser's coverage of the community fun day in Cottage Street, Poplar, on August 10 (Advertiser, Aug 14).
We had worked hard with the police in organising a day which would provide lots of fun and interaction between all participants.
The purpose was to promote responsibility and safety, safe drug and alcohol usage and ways of contacting the police in emergency.
The guns and the attempt to inspire fear of this usage was just a part of an afternoon which included music, bouncy castle, henna and face painting, games, barbecue and the presence of primary care trust and council officers.
The reporting gave the impression that the showing of guns was the highlight of the afternoon.
This was not so and I was dismayed at the approach taken by the Advertiser.
Sister Christine Frost
Neighbours In Poplar
East India Dock-road, Poplar
EDITOR: The fact the Met Police has now altered its policy on gun demonstrations reflects the high level of concern and outrage felt by the public when we broke the story on August 14. It is regrettable that the many good initiatives at the fun day were overshadowed in the aftermath.