A schoolboy with complex learning difficulties has been Tasered by police in the grounds of a school owned by the exclusive Priory Group.
Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Chelfham Senior School near Plymouth, which specialises in children with learning difficulties including behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, after reports of an alleged assault on a teacher.
The force confirmed officers deployed a Taser during the incident, which involved three boys, a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds, after reports that knives were brandished at officers.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has not been contacted in relation to the incident.
The alleged victim was treated at the scene by paramedics for chest and head injuries before being taken to Derriford Hospital.
All three boys involved in the incident were jointly charged with affray and will appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 20th December.
Plymouth City Council has taken the step of banning payday loan websites from advertising on billboards and bus shelters.
The council is also blocking computer access to 50 of the most popular payday loan websites across its network including in libraries and community centres.
Plymouth, where it is estimated that 5000 people have payday loans, is thought to be the first local authority to take the step.
Councillor Chris Penberthy backed the action saying:
"Plymouth's advice agencies are taking calls daily from people who are running up huge debts that are causing stress and hardship to them and their families. We need to protect people and make it difficult for payday loan companies to operate in our city but we do recognise times are hard."
Plymouth police has said a gun used by a masked armed robber, who collapsed and died in a betting shop yesterday, appeared to be an imitation pistol. Police commander Chief Superintendent Andy Bickley issued a statement:
Last night's events resulted in the tragic death of a Plymouth man. The deceased is a 50-year-old man from the Honicknowle area of the city. A forensic post-mortem has been carried out today but formal identification has not yet been completed.
I can also clarify that there were four people in the shop at the time of the incident and they have all supported our inquiries. I can confirm that no one has been arrested in connection with this death, nor has anyone been questioned under caution as a suspect at this time.
I can share with you that the firearm has been initially examined by a police firearms officer and it appears to be an imitation pistol, though this still needs to be verified.
Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.