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Jane Kennedy's refusal to remove plastic bullets from use threaten lives

29 January, 2004


Sinn Féin policing Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has re-iterated Sinn Féin demand that plastic bullets be removed from operational use immediately.

Commenting on the publication of the fourth report of the NIO led steering group into alternatives and the announcement by NIO Minster Jane Kennedy that plastic bullets will remain in operational use until at least 2005 Mr Kelly said:

"The British government committed themselves to the removal of plastic bullets from operational use. These are lethal weapons that have killed 17 people. They should not be in use.

"The consideration of alternatives is no excuse for any further delay in the removal of lethal plastic bullets. The PSNI and British Army have used and misused plastic bullets to kill and maim men, women and children.

"Any alternatives must be non-lethal."ENDS

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