FOR the eldery and vulnerable in the community being a victim of crime can have a devasting effect on their life.
This week it was revealed criminals are distracting the eldery in order to steal their bank cards.
More than 25 incidents have taken place in Harrow over the past six weeks and police warn they are on the increase.
The victims feel embarrassed they have been duped in this way, some even delay reporting the crime and in this time the criminals use their bank card to withdraw large amounts of cash.
We all need to become more aware of our surroundings regardless of whether you are old or young. Staying aware will not only prevent you from being a victim of card fraud, but might also help you recognise when another person is being duped.
Bureaucracy gone mad
HARROW Council has spent bundles of taxpayers' time and money investigating the construction of a children's treehouse in Pinner.
The whole case just makes us think: doesn't the council have bigger fish to fry? Thirteen-yearold James Tolley used the structure for almost a year without complaint but after just one grumble the bureaucracy machine kicked into overdrive. The argument boils down to the family's definition of a treehouse versus the council's definition: the authority feels the structure is just too big and therefore refused planning permission.
But the Tolleys insist the unintrusive treehouse cannot be seen from anywhere but their own garden and will in any case be pulled down when James grows up.