Armed police ‘ready for lorry jihadists’
Armed police have scrapped rules against shooting drivers and are equipped to counter terrorist lorry attacks with windshield-piercing bullets, a senior police officer has said. Simon Chesterman, a deputy chief constable and the national spokesman on firearms policing, said that changing terrorist tactics had meant having to abandon the convention that officers should not fire on a driver at the wheel. The ammunition issued to police underwent extensive testing to ensure that it would penetrate glass without deflecting after the 2014 Sydney caf? siege, when two hostages were killed by stray police bullets, Mr Chesterman said.
“The terrorists keep adapting their tactics and we’ve seen some very horrible and different tactics lately involving vehicles and lorries,” he said yesterday.
“As far as lorries are concerned . . ….