Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said today the police will use baton rounds and plastic bullets if the vandalism in Britain continues. “Through the night the Commissioner did absolutely consider that as one of the tactics available to use, a tactic used if deemed necessary,” he said.
The use of plastic bullets is usually considered one step below the introduction of live ammo.
The British pioneered the use of plastic bullets. They were beta tested in Northern Ireland where it was discovered they were lethal at close range. British security forces using the “non-lethal” projectiles killed fourteen people, including nine children. The extensive use of plastic bullets led to Emma Groves founding the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets.