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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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Rioters went on the rampage, lobbing petrol bombs and snooker balls at police, who used water cannon and fired up to 20 baton rounds to try to put the riot down.
Although baton rounds have been used in Northern Ireland for many years, they have never been fired on the British mainland.
However, the use of the baton round during the incident proved ineffective and a Taser was also used.
"The man began to seriously injure himself with a knife before police discharged a baton round in order to bring the incident to a safe conclusion," she said.
In response, police in riot gear fired around 55 baton rounds and high-powered water cannon at crowds of around 200 to 300 mainly young people in the Estoril Park and Brompton Park areas.
A second officer who was armed with a baton gun then immediately fired a baton round at the suspect.
When negotiations did not succeed he was challenged by trained firearms officers and when he failed to surrender his weapon a baton round was discharged.
HUMAN Rights group Amnesty International last night demanded a full inquiry into a grandfather's death three days after police had shot him with a baton round and a stun gun.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Anderson of the professional standards department said: oAt 6.29am armed South Wales Police officers were called to an incident in the Llanrumney area of Cardiff, during which a police baton round was discharged.
Humberside police said armed response officers were sent to the scene and following an incident the man was shot with a baton round and then a firearm.
The siege was brought to an end when police hit the man with a baton round and officers rushed into the building to retrieve the child.
A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident which saw a baton round discharged.