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Police to adopt 'spit guards'

Wednesday November 7 2018


Image: Herts Police Image: Herts Police


SPIT guards will be issued to officers who are dealing with people in custody or transporting prisoners between locations.

The mesh hoods are used to stop prisoners spitting at officers and have attracted controversy nationally.

In South Yorkshire there were 219 incidents of officers being spat at in just under six months earlier this year, with officers using spit guards on 24 occasions as a result.

The Metropolitan Police have decided against using the devices, with concerns their use could provoke further violence against officers.

Do you think spit guards are necessary?

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