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As part of an initiative called Protect and Respect, the [Metropolitan Police] force is . . . "trying to show different people that they are welcome in the force". The wearing of dreadlocks might be allowed if certain safety issues could be resolved, [a spokesman] said.
"We will look at this very carefully." - Guardian (Imogen Forster)

Having experienced corporal punishment in school more than 50 years ago, I agree with your correspondent that there is nothing wrong with it to enforce discipline, so long as neither party enjoys it. - Letter in the Daily Mail (Ron Rubin)

Police, firefighters and a helicopter were called out when people were seen on the roof of a tower block in Islington . . . but discovered they were workmen installing mobile phone masts. - Highbury & Islington Gazette (Sigrid Rabiger)

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This article first appeared in the 07 May 2001 issue of the New Statesman, John Prescott: sinking fast