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Poor behaviour a drain on schools’ energy

It’s sad that Kenton Knight will have have to spend Christmas as a guest of the Queen instead of with his family.

From the Adver’s report it appears that this is a last resort on behalf of the community.

Kenton may be an extreme example of how some children and young people behave when not in school and how powerless the “authorities” are in dealing with them.

Teachers are even more powerless. If schools did not have to spend excessive amounts of teacher time and energy on behaviour, there might just be more time and energy to improve the results that the “authorities” are so keen on.

John Davies, Retired member of NAS/UWT, Byron Avenue, Royal Wootton Bassett

System a failure

I have sympathy for the people who have had to put up with “terror teen” Kenton Knight’s antisocial behaviour.

Too often we see people being given what amounts to yet another let off by the courts for making other people’s lives a misery.

It’s pity for him and his family that he’ll be locked up for Christmas, but maybe he and his parents should have made sure he stuck to the terms of his injunction. It’s no one’s fault but theirs.

But whether detention will get him back onto the straight and narrow is another matter.

Our prisons and probation system are in a mess and rehabilitation rates are low. Young people like him are being failed by the system as well as by those whose responsibility it is to nurture them.

Mark Davies, West Swindon

A long wait

Having spent quite some time recently standing around in the ongoing delightful surrounds of Swindon bus station, it appears that the seemingly mammoth task of refurbishing the small waiting room area is still incomplete after several weeks.

Could this have been entrusted to the dynamic workforce who repaved Welling Street, I wonder...

Rodney J M Wirdnam, Whilestone Way, Swindon

Korea cemetery appeal

I am acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Busan South Korea, where over 800 British servicemen are buried.

The authorities there wish to obtain photographs of those servicemen interred there, and also of those who died but have no known grave (200 +) Copies of the photographs will be placed in the men’s records and will also be displayed on the walls of the Cemetery Hall of Remembrance for all time.

The following names are just some of the young men from the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire areas who gave their lives in Korea.

Flt Lt John E Young(RAF)

Maj Wilfred G Harris

Pte Brian G Gallop

2nd Lt Terence E Waters

Pte George Davies

Pte Victor T Bowl

Pte Frederick W Bartlett

Mne Keith.D.Hitchman(RM)

Pte Peter D Hone

LAC Kenneth Goodfield (RAF)

Rfn Samuel.F.Ellsmore

O/S Ronald.A.J.Godsall(RN)

Any family,or friend, who lost a loved one in the Korean War, 1950-53 and wishes to take part in this project can send the photograph to me. Brian Hough 116 Fields Farm Rd, Hyde, SK143NP, Cheshire.

If more information is required you can phone me on 0161 368 5622 or, 07467037742. You can also email

Brian Hough, Cheshire

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