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Happy new year? Well, not so far!

PUBLISHED: 10:45 04 January 2008 | UPDATED: 09:20 11 May 2010

I CAN'T help but feel that all we've had so far this year is terrible news of murders and violence across the world.

I can't believe how many stories have involved young people dying in news bulletins - and we're only in the first week.

I CAN'T help but feel that all we've had so far this year is terrible news of murders and violence across the world.

I can't believe how many stories have involved young people dying in news bulletins - and we're only in the first week.

What is happening? What should have just been the usual celebrations and partying while welcoming in the new year seems to have resulted in an unbelievable amount of bad news.

The thing which really gets me is that most of the violence was cold-hearted and intentional. A 16-year-old boy died in the early hours of New Year's Day after being stabbed with a piece of broken glass. He was studying to become a PE instructor.

A 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 31-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

So many questions arise from this. If, for instance, they are convicted in due course, what could make two such young people want to do that? Why were a 14 and

15-year-old out so late? And what on earth is a 31-year-old doing out with two youngsters?

Of course, nobody wants to hear such depressing news, especially at the beginning of a brand new year, but it can't be ignored.

Other reports to start the year's news included the stabbing of an 18-year-old in Edmonton, North London, an arson attack that killed a pensioner in Northampton-shire, the death of a man outside a West End hotel and a gangland shoot-out in Manchester which claimed one life. And it's not just at home: Kenya and Pakistan have also seen terrible violence in recent days.

Perhaps Gordon Brown needs to have a new year clean-up of his laws and make it so schools and parents can discipline children without worrying whether they may be punished for doing so?

I would strongly advise Mr Brown to do so, especially in the same week he announced that 24-hour drinking laws would remain the same, despite being proven to have a dramatic effect on cases of binge drinking.

It seems that most of the good news (what we've had of it) has been a by-product courtesy of celebrities.

Some may enjoy a debate about whether David Beckham's hair is grey now rather than blond/brown and that his wife is looking gaunt and tired, and the in-depth reports of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills's divorce may provide some escapism and entertainment for the most avid of gossip column readers. But this is not the positive news that we all really want to hear.

Perhaps it's naïve to think that one day all we'll hear is good news about people doing inspirational things and people getting along, but it would make a refreshing change. It may be a case of the media focusing on the bad stuff, and it doesn't help that it's repeated in each news bulletin. But when we are told by our Prime Minister that crime levels are falling dramatically, you have to wonder. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime... You would think that meant criminals who thought killing was OK would think again, but obviously not.

The stabbing at Edmonton took place opposite the police station. Clearly the perpetrators must have no fear of arrest as they even committed the offence outside the police station - and they still got away.

The ripple effect of just one murder affects hundreds of people. Imagine how many future new year starts will be ruined by the loss of a loved one.

I just hope we get more positive news soon, and throughout 2008.

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