Sir Hugh Orde, President of ACPO
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Hugh Orde on use of plastic bullets and water canon

Police should be given clear rules about when they can use water cannon and plastic bullets against rioters, a watchdog has said.

But officers could lawfully have shot arsonists in some cases during the summer rioting in England, the Inspectorate of Constabulary said.

Water cannon and plastic bullets could have been used in a "number of real scenarios", its report suggested.

Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers said he thought use of these weapons would have been inappropriate during the riots in England in August.

  • 20 Dec 2011