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  Is it the end for the police helmet?
Updated 05 April 2002, 19.59
The traditional police helmet
The famous helmet worn by British police for the last 150 years might on its way out because it wobbles and falls off in fights.

Policemen that patrol the streets will try out three different types of hat that might replace the old 12-inch high one.

Upside down flowerpot

One officer said that the old fashioned hats look like an upside down flowerpot and didn't give police much chance when chasing criminals.

He said: "They're no good in a fight or if you're being assaulted.

Officer wearing helmet

"If you're being hit you want something that stays on your head."

Baseball cap

The three hats that will be tested include one that's shorter than the current model, a strong bowler hat and a reinforced baseball cap.

An officer said: "I wouldn't like to see a baseball cap. It doesn't look smart enough."

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