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Police tactics in riots should be commended

I BELIEVE the police in England are to be commended for adjusting their tactics so quickly, especially in view of the number of forces needing to be requested to supply the extra officers.

The tactics worked, the riots fizzled out, the police nowhere exceeded the use of reasonable force, in spite of a lack of suitable riot gear in some cases, and have continued to trace and arrest the perpetrators.

I believe the restraint shown in the face of considerable personal danger has been in no small measure responsible for the willingness of some of the offenders to give themselves up and for parents to bring their children in to face up to their crimes.

Having spent time in the USA, I firmly believe that the approach in this country is much to be preferred to that which I have observed across the Atlantic.

LILY TURNER

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