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Blind man tasered by armed police in Greater Manchester

Armed police were called to Levenshulme Station last night Credit: MEN

An investigations been launched after a blind man was Tasered by armed police at Levenshulme Station after his walking stick was mistaken for a gun.

The man, 43, was hit by the stun gun after officers responded to reports that a man with a gun was on the station. In fact, the ‘gun’ was the blind’s man’s cane which was folded up as the man waited on the platform for a train.

When the he failed to respond to a challenge one officer fired a Taser stun gun, which carries a 50,000 volt charge and he was detained.

The incident has now been referred to Greater Manchester Police's Professional Standards Branch to investigate.

Officers were called shortly after 6.40pm on Thursday February 23, 2017 to reports of a man with a gun on Albert Road, Levenshulme. Armed response officers attended and a Taser was deployed. A 43-year-old man was detained. Officers later discovered the man was in possession of a folding cane and he was subsequently released.

– GMP spokesman

Officers responded quickly to the incident to ensure the safety of the community of Levenshulme. It has been established that there was no threat and enquiries are ongoing to fully understand the circumstances of the incident. In line with standard procedure on occasions such as this, a referral has been made to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch. I

– Superintendent Steve Howard , Greater Manchester Police’

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Man jailed for Levenshulme drug and gun stash

John Maneely Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man has been jailed after a horde of guns was found at his home in Levenshulme.

John Maneely of Anchor Close, Levenshulme, pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of ammunition, possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance and possession of MDMA.

He has been sentenced to 7 years and 4 months in prison.

Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Credit: Greater Manchester Police

“We discovered a plethora of weapons at Maneely’s home that could be used with fatal consequences, and today he has been jailed. Today’s outcome is a result of hard work by the team at Xcalibre Task Force and support from the public and our fight against guns and drugs will not stop.”

– Detective Sergeant Patrick Goodrich, Greater Manchester Police
Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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