Please read something I intend to send to my MP it will probably do no good at all . However is it accurate and is it justified , you lot will know . Dear Dominic I read in my Telegraph yesterday that Essex Constabulary spent many hours over the last couple of days chasing a non existant "Big Cat" around bits of Essex. A silly season story no doubt but one that has a slightly sinister side. The Officer shown in the Telegraph is carrying a Heckler and Koch G36 Assault Rifle, it appears to be the K version (short) . This weapon is chambered for the 5.56 x 45 mm Nato standard round and is designed for use in a high intensity battlefield envoiroment ,where its capacity for firing 750 rounds per minute is considered useful. You will also notice that the officer in the photograph has taped together two 30 round box magazines , a practice originating in the Vietnam War because the US Army M16 had half the magazine capacity of the Soviet Supplied AK series Assault Weapons used by the North VIetnamese . It is of course standard practice in most action adventure films of the last 20 years. So innapropriate choice of weapon , theatrical mounting of ammunition (Unless of course the cat was not alone and was tooled up for an insurgency). When is someone going to straighten these Firearms Departments out . Their record of shooting both themselves and innocent bystanders is a national joke or it would be if it was not so serious . The mindset behind this is the important thing , you would not find any of the Armed Forces behaving like this , they know better. The Police have access to the Malcom Cooper designed L96 sniper rifle (or its derivatives) 7.62 I agree but it fires one at a time and will hit something the size of a cats eye at 500 m consistantly. Probably doesnt look the part though does it .............. I know most people would consider I have an axe to grind , dont take my word for it , go and ask the Army they know the correct way to deal with these matters.