Shadow home secretary criticises Hampshire police spit hood roll-out

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. Picture: Labour Party

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. Picture: Labour Party

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A SENIOR Labour MP has hit out against the decision to roll out spit hoods to all frontline police in Hampshire.

As reported on Wednesday, Hampshire police is now issuing £1.50 spit hoods to officers for use when arresting detainees. They were previously used only in custody.

Taking to Twitter, Diane Abbott, shadow home secretary, said: ‘No evidence that spit hoods are necessary or useful.’

But John Apter, who represents rank-and-file officers as Hampshire Police Federation chairman, replied: ‘Speak with officers who have been spat at, they would disagree.’

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