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plastic bullet

A non-lethal projectile fired from a specialised gun and intended for crowd control. Plastic bullets were developed by British security forces to replace rubber bullets, which ricochet unpredictably and are associated with a greater number of fatalities than plastic bullets. The bullets weigh 130 g, are meant to be effective at 3 to 6 metres and are shot into unruly crowds at or below waist level.
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As the protesters marched towards the French consulate, they were met with tear gas and plastic bullets fired by security forces seeking to disperse the crowd.
During a speech to the Police Federation conference, chairman Terry Spence said the early and rapid deployment of plastic bullets could have prevented injuries to more than 140 officers.
It added that plastic bullets could also be considered when barricades and missiles were used by protesters, during violent attacks on the public in the presence of police, and when other emergency services are threatened.
Police retaliated by firing plastic bullets and powerful water cannons forcing rioters away from a disputed Belfast road in the hard-line Irish nationalist enclave of red-brick terraced houses.
A man was injured when police fired a round of plastic bullets during a siege.
A 25-year-old shot by police officers armed with plastic bullets has been charged with attempted armed robbery.
THE NIO doesn't really know what to say when it comes to plastic bullets.
ANGER over heavy-handed weapons searches and the possible use of plastic bullets could have caused the mob scenes in Iraq that left six soldiers dead and eight injur ed, it was suggested last night.
Police fired plastic bullets but Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers (above) said water cannon should be used for riot control and to help identify the trouble-makers.
The officials said several plastic bullets were fired in the man's direction from a vehicle apparently related to the U.
Figures announced by the authorities, including the use of around 800 rubber and plastic bullets and over 4,000 gas and smoke canisters, would seem to bear this out.
NEW plastic bullets set for use in Northern Ireland were last night embroiled in controversy after it was claimed they are MORE lethal than existing rounds.