Armed police call-outs ‘rising’

The number of call-outs of armed police has increased by more than 50% in a decade, figures show.

In a Parliamentary answer, Home Office minister Tony McNulty said firearms were authorised for 18,891 incidents in England and Wales in 2005/6.

This compares with 12,379 incidents in 1996/7 – a rise of 53%.

BBC NEWS | UK | Armed police call-outs ‘rising’

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