Reluctantly, the decision has been taken to moderate reader comments for all items which appear on the website. This policy takes effect with today's stories.

It is not possible to constantly monitor comments, so the decision has been taken because of a libellous comment which was posted yesterday. This followed what had been some occasional other comments, which had tested our patience.

We thank you for your comments and for your interest. Because of the moderation, comments will not appear straightaway. Every attempt will be made to ensure that they do so as swiftly as possible. Thanks for your patience and understanding.