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I was somewhat alarmed to read of the desire of the justice secretary Kenny MacAskill to subsume the Scottish part of the British Transport Police into the newly created Police Scotland (your
report, 7 August)

I value the autonomy, independence and specialised focus that British Transport Police brings to policing our railways.

I detect no great appetite among the public for further agglomeration of policing in Scotland.

The verdict on whether a national police force is a better way to police our communities than that which prevailed previously under regional police forces must necessarily be some time off yet.

Moreover, specialised railway police services are fairly common in Europe – and much railway travel is cross-border.

Let’s leave the British Transport Police alone.

Lawrence Marshall