Hedge Snip Was Laughable

PUBLISHED: 12:31 11 October 2010

I FIND it laughable that Mr Ashmeade had to give his hedge the snip just because one person in the village has no sense of humour. I would say to the person who reported this to police that it was a complete waste of time.

I FIND it laughable that Mr Ashmeade had to give his hedge the snip just because one person in the village has no sense of humour. I would say to the person who reported this to police that it was a complete waste of time. Why not take a visit to India and go and see the Karma Sultra Monument or travel to Korea and look at their park monuments or maybe just read Lady Chatterley’s Lover and it might broaden your mind. I would also like to know how it can be left to a local police officer to decide what is offensive. If the case was to go to court, a magistrate, judge or a jury may see it differently and throw it out as a bit of harmless fun. The police should not be making statements about things that may not stand up in court.

I did find the whole thing amusing. It seems to be political correctness gone too far. A bit like removing conkers from trees in case they fall on anyone and hurt them. What next, will people be advised not to go blackberry picking in case they get pricked by thorns? Why do we have to have these silly laws?

EDDIE HOLDEN

Ely Road

Little Downham

IN response to your article on October 7 concerning the offensive hedge, two things spring to mind: it must have been a quiet news week for the Ely Standard if this is front page news and surely the police force has more pressing things to do with catching hardened criminals than concerning themselves with a hedge that has been growing in that form for some years.

I did, however, find the article amusing and it brought a smile to my face, which I think these days is a positive thing. I also have to say that I have seen more offensive garden ornaments and gnomes than this eccentric piece of topiary.

ELLEN BARNETT

Cam Drive

Ely

I CAN’T believe that police wasted their time telling Mr Ashmeade to prune his hedge when there are far more important issues to worry about. If it had been there for eight years, why bother with it now, If having phallic objects out in the open offends then all statues and pieces of art would need to be endorsed which is ridiculous.

MRS C EASEY

By email.

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