Sharp rise in Taser use against children by Met Police

Tasers were used on children 131 times between 2008 and 2012 across all but nine London boroughs.

Children living in London experience 'vastly different treatment'

Children living in the same city are experiencing vastly different treatment, depending on where they happen to grow up, and this is not always linked to obvious explanations such as high child poverty or crime rates.

For example, 70% of the occasions on which children in London were Tasered by police occurred in just a quarter of London boroughs.

This suggests that different approaches at the local level can have a big impact on many of the human rights issues facing children in London.

– Paola Uccellari, Children's Rights Alliance for England

Sharp rise in Taser use on children in London

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The user of Tasers against children by the Metropolitan Police has dramatically increased. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Taser use against children by the Metropolitan Police has risen nearly six-fold over four years, campaigners have revealed.

Stun guns were used on children 131 times between 2008 and 2012 across all but nine London boroughs, rising from nine in 2008 to 53 in 2012, the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) said.

The figures, obtained by a Freedom of Information request by the CRAE, were published as part of a wider report into children and human rights in London.

In Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham children were Tasered 51 times between 2008 and 2012, accounting for 40% of the total.

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