Okay - I hope I'm in the correct place. I'm having a go at writing a thriller with a time twist. The protagonist uses plasticuffs (or as we call them on building sites, cable ties) back in 1990. The question is... were they in common use back then ( I remember we used to wind them round our helmets under the cover back in the late nineties, but earlier than that I've drawn a blank). Hoping the Arrse community can help me. Bit of background; a cop is on the case, and it's the MO of this guy to use them on, er, people he doesn't get on with. I'm hoping it was a thing that wasn't practised back then, thus making him stand out.