There are fears that police could increase the use of controversial 'dum dum' bullets amid claims their present ammunition is too powerful.So, is this a realistic proposal then?
Traditional bullets may be 'over-penetrating' suspects and endangering innocent bystanders, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Well, there's no doubt that the bullets fired at a manic depressive threatening an armed police team with a gun did 'over penetrate' the target:
The warning came in a report in the wake of the police shooting of David Sycamore outside Guilford Cathedral in November. Mr Sycamore was shot and killed with Heckler and Koch G36 rifles and hard shell bullets when he went to the cathedral armed with a replica gun and refused to put it down.One would hope that the police knew their bullets would travel through the body, and only fired when they had a clear shot with no danger of any bystanders in the area.
One of the two bullets which hit him then 'went through a window, hit a wall, went through another window and came to rest within the cathedral'.
The second bullet struck the cathedral wall after travelling through Mr Sycamore's body.
That would be SOP, wouldn't it?
But anyway, as a result of this report, are the police going to start using different ammo?
The IPCC wrote to the Association of Chief Police Officers shortly after the shooting to highlight the dangers, saying: 'It may be only a matter of time before a stray bullet kills or seriously injures an innocent person.'So, no story then? So why the screaming headlines?
But Met Police Authority member Jenny Jones said dum dum (or hollow point bullets) were 'not the way forward'.
'I am very worried about any moves towards increasing the use of dum dum bullets,' she added.
Dum dum bullets are made of soft metal and expand to more than twice their diameter on entering the body.