Thursday, October 25, 2007
Dagenham, Greater London: Linda Jennings
Then she saw the news about the shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones and decided she had to do more.
She headed into central London and personally delivered a letter to the Prime Minister at No 10 Downing Street.
In it Linda, 45, of St George's Road, Dagenham, Greater London, said: 'The policing of this country - or lack of it - has condemned us all to live in fear and intimidation.
My concern is for the future of my family and other decent citizens.
We've let this happen because we've not spoken out until now.'
Among other things she called for were the return of corporal punishment and greater powers for both parents and police.
She added: 'We may then be able to go out day or night without fear and intimidation. Youth crime must be stopped.'
Linda received a reply from Downing Street which said: 'Mr Brown is as shocked and saddened by this horrific crime as the rest of the country.
His thoughts at this time are with Rhys's family and friends.'
Linda's letter was being forwarded to the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, and we will report her response.
Dagenham, Greater London