A supply of four-fingered latex gloves is needed for a police officer who lost a finger on duty. The Cleveland Police officer, who does not want to be named, cannot wear five-fingered gloves to protect himself from blood and other liquids.
The force is unable to find a supply of adapted ones and is seeking advice or
assistance from any organisation which has dealt with a similar problem. Manufacturers approached will only take orders for expensive vast
The force said such a large amount would not be needed and would cost tens of
thousands of pounds. The officer had to have his finger amputated after an injury on duty.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: "Disposable gloves are used across
many industries including health, manufacturing and food preparation. It may be that there are people who have experience of commissioning adapted
versions of gloves that will provide the barrier necessary."