Treat no trick

SIR – After egg-throwing a few years back by a mixed group of teenagers – who saw that I was elderly – I am always rather apprenhensive at Halloween. However, this year there was a new twist to the American custom (embryo protection racket?) of trick or t

SIR - After egg-throwing a few years back by a mixed group of teenagers - who saw that I was elderly - I am always rather apprenhensive at Halloween.

However, this year there was a new twist to the American custom (embryo protection racket?) of trick or treat. Members of two local churches pushed a packet of sweets through our letterbox with the message "you have been blessed and treated".

Many thanks to St Paul's in Blandford Road and Hatfield Road Methodists, and especially thanks to whoever thought of using cellophane wrapping so that the contents could be seen at once. This "treat" was a charming antidote to the feeling of evil one is left with after being victimised by young bullies who enjoy causing damage to property and distress to complete strangers.

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