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British Police wanted to fire plastic bullets at rioters in south London

37mm plastic baton round

British Police wanted to fire plastic bullets at rioters in south London last summer but were unable to do so because specialist units had been deployed elsewhere in the capital, according to an official report into policing of the August disturbances.

The Metropolitan police’s response to the riots reveals the force has increased its capacity since the riots “to make more agile use” of the weapons.

Baton rounds, intended as a less lethal alternative to regular firearms, have never before been used on the UK mainland. Concerns were raised when the Met said…READ MORE HERE