I WRITE to your column following my disappointment on a recent trip to Birmingham city centre.
I walked down New Street towards the newly refurbished town hall, passed a trio of teenagers spitting as they chatted outside a shop (from the depth of saliva this had been going on for some time), a beggar asking for change (surrounded by empty drink cartons and fast food boxes) and a Big Issue seller (again surrounded by a number of empty drink cartons).
As I neared the end of New Street I saw two bicycle policemen issuing an on-the-spot fine to a smartly dressed young couple (carrying a number of shopping bags) for what I understand was a litter offence - dropping a cigarette end. Fine issued, the police then cycled away, passing the three situations above without turning a hair. The young couple who had brought much needed revenue to the city walked towards the car park clearly upset.
Why do we allow some people to do what they like without penalty, whilst others are penalised - is it just because it looks like they may have the ability to pay? Let's hope we got them with a speed camera as they left the city as well!
Fred Dale, Neville Road, Shirley.