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UK cops may use plastic bullets in riots

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Posted: Aug 9, 2011 12:33 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: UK, plastic bullets, riots, London, looting, British, Scotland Yard, England, Birmingham, WBRZ

LONDON - Restaurants and stores are closing early across London again today, amid fears of more violence.

Riots and looting have raged across London since Saturday, with rioters setting buildings and vehicles on fire, looting stores and pelting police officers with bottles.

Police reinforcements have been called in from all over the country.

A senior London police officers says it is possible that U.K. authorities will use plastic bullets to quell rioting.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said Tuesday such bullets are "one of tactics" being considered.

Plastic bullets have never been used before during British disturbances.

Britain's prime minister says 16,000 officers will be on the streets of London tonight, almost triple the number that were out last night.

A Scotland Yard official says 525 people have now been arrested in London.

Police in Birmingham, 120 miles north of London, said 35 people had been arrested for rioting there.

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