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THERE were many things Paul Rotherham and his wife Zina could have done when she was shot in a hijacking last week. They could have complained about the intolerably high crime levels in this country. They could have hidden away. They could even, thanks to their dual nationality, have run away.
They did none of these.
Instead, relieved at the nearness of Zina’s escape and horrified that she was the fourth victim in the same street in Alexandra that week, they have chosen to go public and to fight back.
All they want is for someone to come forward, perhaps a witness who saw the shooting or someone who knows the attacker but is too afraid to break cover, to find the courage to come forward so that there will be at least one happy ending, and justice for the families of the other three victims.
The Rotherhams know that without evidence, the police can’t make arrests, and without arrests, the prosecution has no one to put in the dock.
They’re making a small stand for the ordinary person in the street – and the many good police officers who just want a decent chance to be able to catch the criminals and build a case against them.
We salute the Rotherhams. We all need to make our own contribution to making a difference and winning the war against crime.