Sophie Kummer's report about a man from Cricklewood who stabbed someone to death and kicked him like a football carries the headline 'Killer behaved like an animal as victim died' (May 6). The report describes how he armed himself with a knife and also stamped on the man as he lay bleeding on the ground, but for a newspaper to succumb to using such a mistaken slur about animals in a headline is appalling.

It is sad that a witness described the man as 'acting like an animal'. The only animal that behaves in such a way, i.e. arming themselves with knives, stamping on another living being, and stabbing someone to death is the human kind.

Therefore, your headline should have read 'Killer behaved like a human as victim died'.

Pam Kinnunen
Purley Avenue, Cricklewood