Police taser blind man after mistaking cane for sword

Lancashire Police has apologised to a blind stroke victim who was struck in his back with a 50,000 volt taser stun gun. Officers mistook his white stick for a samurai sword.

61-year-old Colin Farmer said he thought he was being 'attacked by hooligans' when he was hit with the weapon as he walked to meet friends in Chorley.

Chief Superintendent, Stuart Williams, who is responsible for policing in Chorley, said: “One of the officers who arrived in Chorley believed he had located the offender. Despite asking the man to stop, he failed to do so and the officer discharged his taser.

“It then became apparent that this man was not the person we were looking for and officers attended to him straight away.

"He was taken Chorley Hospital by police officers who stayed with him whilst he was checked over by medics. They then took him to meet his friends in Chorley at his request.

“Lancashire Constabulary deeply regrets what has happened. We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry for that."

Officers had been dispatched following reports of a man armed with a sword walking around the town centre.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the incident. Colin has said he wants the officer arrested for assault.