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Shields GazetteTwo contrasting South Shields stories

Today’s Shields Gazette carries two completely contrasting stories on it’s front page each accompanied by pictures of defiance and both defining in their own particular way.

I remember the Kennedy family from many years ago from when I grew up in John Williamson Street before the Laygate end was demolished to make way for a new dual carriageway, and would from time to time bump into Deka or his dad in various pubs in town when there was a darts match in progress. Deka was a good lad, heart of gold type who would offer favours whenever they were needed. He and his dad grew up around the riverside in South Shields and you could say they were “streetwise” knew how to stay out of trouble and had a very stable family background, they knew right from wrong. It was typical of Deka to defiantly offer to help when it looked like someone was in trouble at the hands of a bullying thug, and this defiance to not walk by on the other side cost him his life. The thug who plunged a knife into him will have to serve a minimum of 17 years in prison after he was given a life sentence yesterday.

Judge John Milford QC said that 29 year old Deka Kennedy deserved an honour, some sort of public recognition for his brave actions.

A hero.

The other story concerns Independent Alliance Cllr. Ahmed Khan after a day voluntarily “helping police with their inquiries” following an allegation of assault against a leading and prominent member of our Bangladeshi community in South Shields. His picture of defiance was captured by a Gazette photographer as he left the town’s police station on Station Road yesterday afternoon. Feeling a little aggrieved he must have rushed home to get these words on to his Twitter page:

John if you wanted a photograph you didn’t have to sneak around like an assassin, you should have just asked.

Gazette photographer sat in Wickes car park for hours, it’s called stalking, whose tune is the editor John Szymanski dancing to?

Actually I thought that this is what press photographers are paid to do.

Cllr. Khan’s two fingered gesture is defiant.

A zero.

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Written by curly

June 20, 2009 at 11:23 am

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