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Public wrong to fund addictions

I'm sorry that Julie Burchill (Comment, December 24) thinks that Thames Reach should be ashamed for urging the public not to give money to people begging because the majority of this is spent on hard drugs.

We are not ashamed of getting seriously addicted men and women into drug detox.

This would be a whole lot easier if it were not so easy to get money from the public to fund a habit.

Well done, Julie - the dealers will be able to order in an extra crate of champagne this New Year.

JEREMY SWAIN

Chief executive, Thames Reach

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