Dr Fish had a small flock of rare breeds in the Borders which were slaughtered as a contiguous cull/dangerous contact. She did tried to oppose it. The police actually barricaded her into property at the time of the slaughter of her sheep - although she did eventually push her way past them.

As the retired police officer wrote in full to the Scotsman Newspaper:

As a former police officer, I was very intrigued by your report, Police tactics come under fire (Scotsman April 14)

I was taught that a police officer, unless on legal business, does not have the right to remain on a person's property. Once he had finished this business, he is LEGALLY obliged to leave such property. Should he not do so at the owner's request, he may be ejected using, if necessary, the "minimum amount of force necessary". If he refuses to leave, any injuries caused in the course of this legal ejection may result in legal proceedings being taken against the police authority concerned.

Taking this into account, and ignoring the dubious legality of culling (a government euphemism for destroying - in legal language committing criminal damage to an owners' property), Dr Francis Fish was in her rights to force her way past the two officers who were blockading her within her property - and the police could not do a damn thing about it!

Further to this, I have read many accounts of how the police are being used against law-abiding people. In effect, they are now becoming nothing more than a political police force. I hope that Chief Constables reflect upon this when their officers require the assistance of people.

JW Smith
114 Hillfoot Road