Taser use on under-18s revealed

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Humberside Police officers drew or used Tasers on young people more times than any other force in England and Wales in 2013, new figures show.

Tasers were either used or drawn at a rate of 15 per 100,000 young people under the age of 18 in the Humberside Police region.

The weapons, that fire electrodes into the body, were drawn on some 400 children and young people in the two countries in 2013. This is over 38% more than in the previous year, according to figures in the Home Office Taser database.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett introduced the protective weapons but is now calling for a review into their use and the current holder of the position, Theresa May, has now asked for this to happen.

A BBC Freedom of Information request shows the youngest person to have had a Taser pointed at them was just 11. Tasers were fired at people between the ages of 10 and 17 on 37 occasions in 2013, one of whom was 14 years old.

The Home Office stresses that Taser figures involving young people – which have never been released before – may not be completely reliable as some of the ages of the young people involved in the incidents are estimates made by police officers.

Mr Blunkett told the BBC he doesn’t think using a Taser on an 11-year-old is the right way for police to deal with a situation.

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Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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