Met police to start using spit hoods on suspects within weeks

Critics say hoods to protect officers from suspects who try to spit at or bite them are ‘primitive, cruel and degrading’

Britain’s biggest police force is to allow its officers to use spit hoods on suspects within weeks, the Guardian has learned.

The Metropolitan police say the restraint devices are necessary to protect officers from prisoners who try to spit at or bite them, exposing them to the risk of serious infection.

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