Armed police take up arms to end dispute

Armed police in London have called off their industrial action over the suspension of two colleagues who unlawfully shot an unarmed man in 1999.

Estimates claim that up to 130 of the 400 firearms officers in the capital took part in the walkout.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir John Stevens told the BBC he was glad officers were “putting the safety of Londoners and their fellow officers ahead of their own concerns at this time.

“They do need more legal protection for the difficult job they do on our behalf,” he said. “This cannot be achieved overnight, but we are committed to working together to seek changes that will give them confidence to undertake their dangerous and demanding work.”

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