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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.
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.
Bedfordshire Police said: "To prevent any serious harm to the man and the public, a speciallytrained firearms officer discharged a baton round.
They said they took the decision to fire the baton round and discharge the Taser because of Mr Loan's "aggressive manner and possible access to weapons".
An incident then occurred and one man was shot by police with baton rounds and then with 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.
Assailants wielding knives or crossbows could be deterred by a baton round, while at the moment they would have to be shot with a gun.
A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident which saw a baton round discharged.
But the incident ended when he was brought down by a baton round - similar to a rubber bullet - and officers zapped him with a Taser to make their arrest.