From Mr Toby Hamblin.

Sir, Your editorial “Dousing the fires in Tottenham” (August 9) puts part of the blame for the current unrest in the UK on education.

This shows disrespect not only for the people involved in the peaceful vigil that was hijacked by looters in Tottenham but also the large majority of young people living in Tottenham and the other towns and cities involved.

The only point here is that little more than a hundred looters, many of whom were most probably only opportunistic “bargain-hunters”, spent three hours breaking in to shops and businesses while the police looked on.

Either the police were insufficiently equipped to intervene or they had orders not to. Whatever the reason, the message sent to looters in other towns and cities was that this criminal activity would not or could not be prevented.

Rather than encouraging the UK government to spend money on educating a minute percentage of the population that has caused such havoc, your newspaper should be pushing the government to provide the police force with the means to protect the law-abiding citizens who have the most to lose from such incidents.

Toby Hamblin,

Nyon, Switzerland

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