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Plastic Bullets must go

6 October, 2004

Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast and party spokesperson on policing and justice has called for the immediate removal of plastic bullets. This follows comments by the PSNI Chief Constable at today's policing board meeting.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"Hugh Orde's retention of plastic bullets is completely unacceptable and flies in the face of Patten. These lethal weapons have been responsible for 17 deaths, eight of which have been children and to see them retained is an insult to the families who have lost loved ones to plastic bullets.

"There is no place in society or modern policing for these deadly weapons. The continued purchasing of over one hundred and twenty thousand plastic bullets by the Policing Board in the last three years shows that the policing Board and the PSNI are stuck in the failed and dangerous policing methods of the past.

"Sinn Fein have raised this issue once again at the negotiations and we are firmly restating that these deadly weapons should be removed now." ENDS

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