Despite promises made infront of Canon from the Cathedral, reporters from the local paper, and workers from Bradford Rape Crisis - The shop owner of 'Barkers' decided to put his 'hunting crossbows' back in the display windows of his shop.
I went in to complain, but the liar was unrepentent: "I had to go back on my promise, they're not selling" he cried. Perhaps that is because the only person in Bradford who wants to spend £149 on a hunter crossbow is locked away in a high security prison.
'Barkers' operates within the law. The police have made it clear that they would defend the shops rights in the event of protest, even though they dislike what the place sells (swords, knuckle dusters etc)
We must find a way of protesting against the casual violence and intimidation that is inspired by this kind of shop. A boycott and petition will be the next step - but I ask all of you who live in Bradford to pop in and ask for a packet of cigarettes. Enquire if the owner has taken the crossbows out of the window and when he admits that he hasn't, walk out in disgust. It is only when business people realise that they are losing custom that they are finally forced to do the decent thing.