The family of a teenager who died following a collision in Gorton have paid tribute to him.
18-year-old Tom Hodson was involved in a collision with a quad-bike while riding his motorcycle in Gorton on the evening of Tuesday October 13.
He received serious head injuries and died the following day.
Paying tribute, Tom’s family said:
"Tom was a happy, loving, cheeky chap; our pride and joy. He loved to ride and passed his CBT which meant the world to him."
"We will miss him. We were blessed to have 18 years with you Tom. Now our Angel, you ride with the best. We will never forget you Tommy."
"We would also like to say thank you to his friends and family for all the tributes and love Tom has received and all of us are overwhelmed with the support; so thank you."
"Now RIP our Angel. Love from Mum, Dad and Burny XXX"
A jury has decided the use of a taser against 23 year old factory worker Jordon Begley was 'inappropriate' and contributed to his death by cardiac arrest.
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The death of a man who was shot by a Greater Manchester Police taser has led to a national inquiry into the safety of stun guns. 23 year old Jordan Begley was unarmed when he was hit by 50 thousand volts after a disturbance at his family home two years ago. Now, the National Police Chiefs Council is calling on the Government for an independent review into the use of tasers.
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy has defended the use of tasers by British police.
It comes as Police chiefs call for a safety review of tasers following the verdict in the inquest of Jordan Begley from Manchester.
Sir Peter Fahy says the record of British Police in terms of force is "remarkable."
There's always more we can learn. All my officers know that we act with restraint and that for any officer, their best weapon is their mouth
Home Office statistics show Police in the North West used tasers 1,447 times in 2014.
This was the third highest in the country with Police in London using tasers the most with 1,962 uses and West Midlands second with 1,573 uses.
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has called for an independent body to look in detail at the medical evidence and to decide if safety advice on tasers should be changed in light of the death of Jordan Begley and the Home Office's statistics on taser use.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the NPCC's lead on less-lethal weapons, said the verdict "raises some concern about the use of Taser".
I will be asking the Surgeon General - along with the Home Office - to refer the detailed medical evidence in this case to an independent body in order that they can determine if it is necessary to amend their advice of the safety of this weapon. Their conclusions will be published."
Officers who take the decision to fire the weapon do so in the knowledge that their often split second decision to use force will be judged in detail with the benefit of hindsight over potentially many years and through multiple investigations.
“Officers will not necessarily know the background or health of the person they are confronting, but they must deal with the immediate threat first.
What is important is that if Taser has to be fired to deal with the threat, that officers provide appropriate after care to the subject and are trained to deal with any medical emergency that may follow.
The use of Tasers by police has soared by 50% in the past five years, figures have revealed.
But deployments of the controversial stun gun have marginally dipped this year, for the first time since at least 2010.
The figures come days after a jury found that a police officer's use of a 50,000-voltTaser contributed to the death of factory worker Jordon Begley, 23, while he was being restrained.
The landmark verdict is believed to be the first time a UK jury has found a Taser contributed to a death, and has raised fresh questions about use of the weapon.
Figures show Tasers were used 10,062 times last year, up from 6,649 in 2010 but marginally down from 10,380 in 2013.
Officers used the highest "fired" setting, which sends an electric shock which incapacitates the victim, 1,724 times last year.
The stun setting, which sends out painful shocks, was used 256 times.
The police officers involved in the Jordon Begley case have been put on restricted duties after an inquest ruled they were "more concerned with their own welfare" than the man they had tasered. . Jordon Begley was shot with the 50,000 volt stun gun and hit with “distraction strikes” while being restrained and handcuffed by three armed officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP). He died in hospital about two hours later.
While the initial Taser shock did not cause his heart to stop, the jury concluded that the use of the Taser and the restraint “more than materially contributed” to a “package” of stressful factors leading to Mr Begley’s fatal cardiac arrest, the inquest at Manchester Civil Courts of Justice heard.
In damning conclusions, the jury also said the officer who pulled the trigger, PC Terence Donnelly, inappropriately and unreasonably used the stun gun for longer than was necessary.
Mr Begley’s family now intend to sue GMP after the incident at the family home in Gorton.
In this special report Matt O'Donoghue visits the home of Taser in Arizona. They are the manufacturers of the stun gun used in the case of Jordon Begley.