WITH reference to Ken Eggleton's experience on his return home from hospital treatment to find his premises had been forcibly entered by police, I express my sympathy for the extra trauma he was exposed to.

However, through personal experience having been called to many reported incidents where the single householder has not been seen for a long period of time, the format after enquiries are conducted among neighbours and hospital authorities after prior permission from headquarters, forced entry is inevitable.

On the other side of the coin, so to speak, it is sad to relate that there are thousands of people living alone, a percentage with no relatives and/or abandoned, isolated even from neighbourly contact, which makes enquiries more difficult in the extreme.

This incident portrays the police in a bad light, although community involvement should play a part too.

Kenneth Bowker, Vesper Walk, Huntington, York.