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- Another ‘less lethal’ weapon, the plastic baton round, was also used in the operation which followed - the first time one has been fired by police in London.
- This selection includes baton round guns (plastic bullets), and actual firearms.
- A spokesman said: ‘As a consequence of the threat he posed to himself and police officers a single baton round was fired and the man was disarmed.’
- Police, who knew he was armed, fired a baton round at him.
- The baton round is approved by the Home Office as a ‘less lethal’ option in situations involving violent suspects.
- ‘Each firing of a baton round must be proved to be both measured and proportionate and every single firing is individually investigated and reported on by the Police ombudsman,’ he said.
- One baton round was fired in a bid to disperse hundreds of rioters as sectarian tensions switched from the north of the city.
- The ammunition, known as baton rounds, uses a plastic compound which is shaped into a blunt projectile.
- Police used water cannons and fired baton rounds into the crowd in a bid to combat the trouble, which flared after a controversial Orange march passed through the nationalist area.
- They outlined, in a 16-page dossier the situation and complained of loyalist blockades, 100 pipe and bomb attacks and the use of plastic baton rounds by police.
- Spraying an individual demonstrator would be difficult - and unnecessary in light of the other non-lethal items, such as rubber baton rounds, that could be directed at individuals.
- They could use Tasers (electrical stun guns) or baton rounds or pepper spray.
- Devices that fire high-intensity light or emit loud noise to disorientate an attacker, and guns that fire bean bags, foam baton rounds and ‘sponge grenades’ have all been developed.
- In total, two baton rounds were fired on August 20 before riot squad units discharged another 27 when trouble heightened the next night.
- Police in riot gear went to the scene, and 11 baton rounds were fired.
- Police fired baton rounds at rioters as the violence intensified.
- Officers fired four baton rounds and the man collapsed though he was not seriously injured.
- They then fired baton rounds through windows to allow them to tackle the blaze.
- The availability of baton rounds proved very useful in these circumstances.
- An armed response unit eventually brought the suspect down using baton rounds.