LETTER: We are not the ‘village of the damned’

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I wanted to write regarding my feelings on an article written by The Sun entitled “Village of the damned: Poles were so ashamed of rapist they packed him off to Derbyshire village of Shirebrook”.

My views on this are very simple, while I agree it was right for the judge to rule his identity was made public, I feel the way The Sun has gone about this is purely to push its anti-EU agenda onto the residents of Shirebrook is wrong, but, unfortunately, it is working.

The people of Shirebrook are a good bunch of people if you look deep into the community.

However, as with any community, there will always be a handful of individuals who let everybody else down. 
This same theory applies, no matter what nationality or race, and I think that’s important to make clear.

The Sun, in my opinion, has crossed the line by calling Shirebrook “the village of the damned”.

This may be correct, as I have said, with certain individuals, but the majority of good working people are being tarred with the same brush.

I have lived next to a Polish couple for more than 10 years and they have had many different people living with them in what I can only assume is temporary housing while they settle in Shirebrook.

Guess what, we have never had a single problem with them, or any of the people joining them, and there has been many.

I don’t see this as a problem, I see diversity as a means of enhancing our society and so should everybody else.

Why does everything have to turn into an US versus THEM argument when we are all born on a rock flying through space, with no ownership over anything.

I am a very proud Shirebrookian, a very proud Englishman and an even prouder European.

I have seen Facebook posts of people claiming we can take control of our borders again, but in order for that to happen we would have to wave bye bye to the Single Market.

This means higher prices for UK citizens, therefore we would sign up to the single market, have to keep the borders open and ultimately be an associate member of the EU without any say in its affairs.

On June 23, I hope the UK votes to stay within Europe, not because of any economics benefits, but because we are human beings who care about our neighbours, regardless of their background or nationality.

Ross Shipman

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