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Redbridge Tory Assembly Member backs Met Police to use controversial spit hoods

PUBLISHED: 17:26 09 September 2016

Assembly Member Keith Prince wants the police to use spit hoods immediately.

Assembly Member Keith Prince wants the police to use spit hoods immediately.

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Redbridge’s Greater London Assembly Member Keith Prince has called for the Metropolitan Police to start using spit hoods immediately.

Earlier this week the Met announced they were going to begin using the controversial restraint in custody suites in October.

These mesh nets are put over suspects’ heads to prevent officers contracting diseases if they are spat at or bitten.

But Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for further consultation on the project, and on Tuesday the Met announced it had 
been delayed.

Conservative Mr Prince launched a passionate defence of the police force.

He told the Recorder: “Every day our officers put themselves on the front line to protect us.

“There has been research which shows police officers getting diseases from suspects.”

Mr Prince mentioned an officer who had contracted hepatitis C from being spat at.

“The police themselves have done a risk assessment, we need to protect our officers.

“What I want to ask the mayor is what are the police supposed to do up until now if they get spat at, or bitten?

“The suspects are safer in a spit hood than being stopped with force.”

The mayor’s office for policing and crime said it would be consulting with the Met closely before a pilot was launched.


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