REGARDING your front page “We’re living in fear” (Echo, Oct 31).

This country had a referendum on whether to stay in the EU or pull out, we all know the result.

It is now high-time that we had a referendum on the reintroduction of capital punishment.

We need the birch for youths, the cat o’ nine tails for men, and the death penalty for murder.

There should also be a referendum on whether to show these punishments on TV, the floggings that is.

Let the people decide. Justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done. Otherwise more and more people will take the law into their own hands.

R Tomlinson, Seaham.