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Sinn Féin renews call for ban on plastic bullets

20 September, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said that the report issued today by the NIO research group on alternatives to plastic bullets will do nothing to dampen demands for plastic bullets to be banned.

"Since this research programme commenced, the Policing Board, including the SDLP, has approved the purchase of ten of thousands of plastic bullets. It has bought the PSNI CS spray which is being used with zeal in nationalist areas. They have also bought new water cannon and are considering a request to buy TASER electro-shock weapons. Instead of an end to plastic bullets, as we expected after the Patten report, we have witnessed a proliferation of weaponry for the PSNI."

"Sinn Féin recently met with the NIO Minister for Policing Paul Goggins and reiterated our opposition to the PSNI‚s proposal to procure 12 new TASER weapons. In the evidence session this week on policing and justice, Sinn Féin also questioned British Secretary of state Peter Hain about powers to ban plastic bullets and other new dangerous weaponry."

"Sinn Féin will continue to fight the campaign to end the use of plastic bullets and similar lethal types of weapons. Plastic bullets kill that is the bottom line. They are lethal devices and have no place in an acceptable policing service." ENDS

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