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COUNTY cricketer David Willey found himself on a sticky wicket after labelling Northampton a dive and some of its residents ‘scum’.

He quickly apologised for his remarks, but comments like that go flying around the globe and can put people off from visiting the town which, despite all its faults, has much to commend it.

It’s a pity though more is not being done to highlight its proud history.

There are, of course, areas which merit the description ‘grotty’ but so have many other towns of a similar size. The cricket all-rounder should also remember that many of those he insulted could be county supporters and thus help pay his wages.

Another sportsman who has found himself in hot water is Saints player Brett Sharman who posted offensive tweets about TeamGB hero Mo Farah. He too has eaten humble pie. People nowadays seem mesmerised by the power of the internet. Their fingers tap merrily away on the computer or smartphone composing a message, the send button is pressed and, hey presto, off it goes to all points of the compass and no chance for second thoughts

Perhaps the equipment which enables us to perform such magic should carry a suitable warning.

Which brings me to a case reported in last week’s Chron. It concerns a mother who discovered her 11-year-old son was being sexually abused by a 48-year-old man after checking his mobile phone. It makes you wonder whether young children should have access to these phones. They are invaluable for family members to keep in contact with each other when they are out and about, but they can also provide the means for the evil minded to exploit the young and innocent.

IT could only happen in this country. British-born Katherine Broadbent returning to this country after training as a nurse in Australia has been told she must sit a costly series of exams to prove her fluency in her native tongue before she is allowed to work in the NHS.

A case of bureaucracy gone mad.

It’s a pity these rules aren’t applied to the hordes of immigrants whose knowledge of English is often restricted to a handful of words.

RESEARCHERS claim that teenagers who become addicted to cannabis risk long-term damage to their IQ.

I would have thought that those who choose to dabble in the substance and other drugs must have a pretty low IQ to start with?