Controversial police spit hoods being rolled out across London | London

A trial of controversial police spit hoods is being extended across London.

The guards will be used at all Met Police custody suites following pilot in north east London.

Police say they proved to be an “effective, proportionate and necessary piece of equipment” when used correctly.

The Met said it had a duty of care to officers and staff and the issue of spitting and biting had become an increasing problem.

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