Letter: Police road-blocks

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Sir: Would I be alone in expressing the utmost abhorrence after reading your report on on "Operation Mermaid" ("Drivers face random searches at nationwide police road blocks", 12 August)?

Is the new "Cool Britannia" to become a police state? If there is any substance to your report then civil libertarians the world over have every cause for concern. By all means use every legitimate effort to track down those who perpetrate benefit fraud or any other criminal activity; do not do so utilising taxpayers' money in such an underhand way.

Shame on you, Mr Blair and your cronies. According to the principles of natural justice, two wrongs will never make a right. And, being a lawyer, you really should know better.

ANTHONY BOGAN

Solicitor

Member of the Council of the Law Society of England & Wales

London W12

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