Vanishing act

SIR, — It was reported in the Daily Telegraph on April 23 that figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that 10 out of 43 police forces in England and Wales do not detain suspected illegal immigrants but release them with directions to t

SIR, - It was reported in the Daily Telegraph on April 23 that figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that 10 out of 43 police forces in England and Wales do not detain suspected illegal immigrants but release them with directions to the nearest immigration office in Croydon.

Unfortunately Herts police is one of the 10. If I was an illegal immigrant I do not think I would go hot foot to Croydon, I would just disappear. Another case of paying yet more tax for less service.

ROGER GILLETT,

Grove Avenue, Harpenden.

n Editor's note: It has already happened locally. Some time ago St Albans police sent some suspected illegal immigrants to the station with directions on how to get to Croydon. It is thought that they never arrived at the suggested destination.