I COULD hardly believe what I was reading.

A 78-year-old woman spending a cold night in a police cell due to admin mix-ups over a relatively minor incident.

To treat a woman of this age and with health problems is just so barbaric.

I'm sure there are many who don't respond to court notices or they just can't be found.

But this woman was not hiding and by the looks of things hadn't a clue regarding the admin problems.

We are so often told how overstretched police resources are, so how does this look to the general public that they have the time and manpower to take a lady of this age and in poor health and put her in a prison cell all night in the cold?

David Evans
Jaggards Road, Coggeshall