A policeman writes . . .

The opening paragraph of Darcus Howe's column (4 September) refers to an execution followed by a body slung in a river. Given that this simply has not happened, it rather devalues the rest of his article, which is similarly littered with claims presented as "facts". It is disappointing when the hard work that continues in Bradford to improve race and community relations is undermined by ill-informed comment from someone out of touch with the area.

S R Smith
Assistant Chief Constable
West Yorkshire Police

This article first appeared in the 18 September 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Let the poor seek a place in the sun