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Man detained after being tasered at Gatwick Airport

A man who was tasered by police on board an aircraft at Gatwick airport has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Sussex Police said the 37-year-old was taken off the easyJet flight to Belfast shortly after 8am yesterday after being arrested by firearms officers called to the aircraft by the crew.

The man, from Belfast, was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of their duty.

Earlier it was reported that the incident leading to the arrest was because he wanted to take two pieces of hand luggage on to the plane. Police said there were reports of a passenger who was becoming increasingly abusive following a dispute over luggage.

After the man was arrested, people were taken off the plane and witnesses gave statements to police.

The 37-year-old man was taken off the easyJet flight to Belfast yesterday morning Credit: ITV News

"On Thursday evening, following examination by doctors, he was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for admission into a psychiatric unit for further assessment and treatment in the interest of his own health, safety and protection of others."

– A police spokesman

"EasyJet can confirm that police boarded flight EZY831 from London Gatwick to Belfast on August 20 due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

"EasyJet's cabin crew are highly trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

"Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution.

"The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always easyJet's priority."

– An easyJet spokeswoman


More police officers trained to use Tasers

Hampshire police are spending £20,000 on training more officers to use taser guns. They already have 300 officers trained to use them, and another 60 frontline officers will soon also be able to carry a taser.

Police officer suspended after losing his taser device

A Thames Valley police officer has been suspended after losing his Taser device in Windsor.

The device was lost by the officer yesterday afternoon whilst leaving the Windsor Great Park area to attend an immediate attendance incident in the Datchet area.

Police officer is suspended after losing his taser device Credit: Thames Valley Police

Supt Steve Williams, head of the tactical firearms unit, said: “We believe the device was lost in Windsor Great Park prior to the officer exiting the park into Bishops Gate Road. An extensive search is taking place to locate it.

Although the device has no cartridges attached to it, there is still the potential for it to cause harm if used or handled incorrectly. If anyone comes across the device they need to contact Thames Valley Police immediately, as it is an offence to unlawfully possess this sort of device.”

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Man Tasered by police near Downing Street

File picture of a police officer demonstrating the use of a Taser. Credit: PA Wire

A 42-year-old man was Tasered after he was seen pointing a knife at his own throat near Downing Street in London, Scotland Yard said.

He was challenged by police just before 9pm yesterday but failed to respond so the electronic weapon was used.

The man had been shouting in the road and appeared to have a knife that he was pointing at his throat.

He suffered a minor head injury when he fell and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

He was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and affray, and remains in custody.


More police to get stun guns

Taser weapon Credit: PA

Sussex Police is to arm more officers with Taser weapons.

Next Monday, the force will join others around the country in allowing some specially trained, non-firearms officers, to be able to use the stun guns.

Around 160 officers are currently being trained in using the Taser, representing around 8 per cent of the force.

Currently only firearms officers in Sussex are authorised to use the guns that deliver a debilitating electric shock.