Met Police approved use of plastic bullets 22 times

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The Metropolitan Police gave authorisation for the use of plastic bullets on the streets of London 22 times between 2010 and 2011, a London Assembly member has learnt.

Liberal Democrat Dee Doocey questioned the number of times plastic baton rounds had been approved for crowd dispersal, and received a response in Questions to the Mayor three weeks ago.

She said: "I'm very very concerned. How long will it be before we decide to go from this to perhaps arming more police officers?"

The Metropolitan Police made it clear no rounds of plastic bullets have ever been fired.

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