BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 13:26 GMT
'Safer' Pava to replace CS spray
Police are to replace CS spray with a substance they claim is safer and more effective when restraining suspects.

A version of a pepper spray already carried by officers in 22 other forces will be phased in from April for use by Cambridgeshire Police.

Pava (pelargonic acid vanillylamide) is less likely to contaminate officers or bystanders, a spokesman said.

"It could reduce the need for officers in close encounters to use batons which could result in injury," he said.

Any effects can be treated by washing eyes with cold water.

Officers will be trained to use Pava spray before being issued with it.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins said: "This is the most up-to-date spray of its kind.

"It will be much more effective in the restraint of violent or unruly offenders and safer for officers and members of the public."

SEE ALSO
'Chilli' spray to replace CS gas
27 Jun 05 |  Beds/Bucks/Herts
One in five police are assaulted
26 Apr 07 |  Suffolk

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific