|Issue 7 - July 1972|
|Through The Looking Glass|
A total of 31 policemen in the Northumberland Constabulary have now been trained in the use of CS riot gas.
Initially, some 14 were trained to use this evil substance but last year a fresh batch of 17 had to put on their gas masks prior to spraying imaginary rioters and demonstrators in the North-East.
The Tide Turns?
There was a fair amount of discussion among the Committee and two encouraging decisions resulted. The first was to send our ideas to the architect who is at present examining the possibilities for the Milburngate site. The second was to form a Sub-Committee which is to meet some of the young people after the summer and discuss the architects proposals with them.
Things are not exactly forging ahead, but at least there are signs of life!
We have just succeeded in placing an advertisement in the Northern Echo, and are planning a publicity drive in the Durham student population next year: if we obtain sufficient interest the group meetings will be restarted, and if not then we will be sadly forced into liquidation.
Scratch my Back I'll ...
The police officer then strutted proudly away from his sparkling vehicle and entered the Mayfair foyer. The security officer climbed into his van, promptly reversed into the police car and sped away. At this point I am afraid that I am unable to continue with the story as both me and a friend collapsed onto the pavement in hysterics.
Durham Folk Festival
Even though there is a glut of potash on the world market at the moment, the company received £6m in subsidies for development. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Cleveland Potash started operations in September 1967 as ICI Minerals Ltd but, seven months later, changed its name in a fit of modesty.
Moreover, two other companies have outline permission to start mining in the area. These are Whitby Potash Ltd and Yorkshire Potash Ltd - perhaps better known by the name of their parent companies - Shell and Rio Tinto Zinc.
It is probably unimportant to these companies that the potash is in a designated National Park. It is obviously unimportant to the Government who earlier this year set aside £50m to give to mining companies for exploration - much of which will take place in National Parks.
They were given six months surety of tenure which means the landlord cannot evict them for the purpose of doing the extensive repairs, foisted upon him by the Council.
It should be made clear, however, that relations between the tenants and the landlord are good. One tenant even told the tribunal that he regarded the Council's multi-occupation ruling as an 'intrusion' on the good relations between the owner and themselves.