A newspaper columnist has quit after her car was vandalised – saying she could “no longer be light-hearted”.
Diane Unsworth wrote a weekly whimsical column for the Lynn News about King’s Lynn, under the name Diane Lines, but decided she could not be positive about the town she “used to love so much”.
She decided to quit the role and penned her final Between the Lines column, pictured below, for the bi-weekly title earlier this month, in which she hit out at problems in the town.
Diane, who began writing her column in January as a resident of the town, wrote that her car had been vandalised by drunks who “had a punch up around my car”.
It followed a previous incident last November in which a man drove into the back of her car, before driving off. Her car was left a write-off and the man was later fined in court.
In her last piece, Diane wrote that when she began the column, her brief was to write a light-hearted column about the local area but she could no longer do that.
She wrote: “Guess what – last weekend, when all the drunks were pouring out of the pubs and clubs in Norfolk Street, some of them decided to come in to my road and have a punch up.
“They also decided to have the punch up around my car. And do you know what, they have ruined one of the doors.
“I am sorry that the town I used to love so much seems to have been taken over by such a malaise.
“I told the PC that, this Saturday night, I was going to stand at the end of my road and battle the drunks away on my own if I had to. How very sad.”
Editor Mark Leslie said: “Diane hadn’t been with us very long, but had become a good writer, so it was a shock to lose her. She’s certainly sparked a debate about the state of the town.
“I don’t agree with her view. King’s Lynn is a very nice place to live, but I am glad she has told me that she would like to contribute to the paper again in the future, and we would be glad to accommodate her.”