How is it that the tranquillity associated with brisk walks around a park with man's best friend has, like so many things, become perilous?
It is scary to think someone is intentionally trying to poison our pets, but worse still to think a child could unknowingly be on the receiving end.
Leisurely trips to the park are taken as a release from the confines of our homes, to allow dogs off leads and loosen the reigns on our children.
But how long before that becomes a thing of the past?
How long will it be before we avoid parks in the day because, ludicrously,we worry a child or pet could be poisoned, and avoid them in the evening when they become havens for anti-social youths?
It is disheartening that we are having to treat even the most mundane of activities with increased caution - but, when there are people lacing meat in parks with toxic liquid and metal pins, is it any wonder.
Youths must ditch knives
HARROW'S knife culture became apparent this week when it was revealed a third of the borough's children know of other teens carrying knives. Children are confronted with knives every day, they just have to look in the kitchen drawer.Somewhere down the line these kids have been let down and ultimately responsibility lies with their parents. Tribal loyalties and gang warfare have replaced ties to mum and dad with children being transformed into soldiers on our streets. A breakdown in family values together with the emergence of an underclass has led to this knife epidemic spiralling out of control.
Children must be taught that knives do not solve anything.