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Police firearms operations soar to highest level in eight years

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The number of police firearms operations in England and Wales soared by 19% last year – the highest number since 2010-11.

Home Office figures show there 18,746 police firearms operations in the year up to March 2018.

It is the highest number of armed police operations since 2010-11 when there were 19,586.

The figures also show there were 12 incidents in which police firearms were discharged in 2017-18 – up from 10 in the previous year.

Meanwhile, there were 6,459 armed officers at the end of March – an increase of 3% (181 officers) compared with a year earlier.

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