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Police Federation: All officers should be given Tasers

Home Office figures released last October showed the use of Tasers by police had increased every year. Credit: Scott Heppell/PA Wire/PA

All rank-and-file police officers should be armed with a Taser because of the heightened security threat, the head of the Police Federation has said.

Steve White, chairman of the body which represents front-line officers, said acts of terrorism could be carried out anywhere and police needed to be protected.

He cited the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby near Woolwich Barracks in 2013 as an example of how lone wolf-style attacks could be carried out without guns.

He told The Guardian: "The terrorist ideal to get attention no longer relies on an attack being in a place of note. It could be in Cheam high street, in any town, in any part of the UK.

"We know there are more dangerous people out there, preparing to attack police officers and we need to be able to respond to that threat."


Police presence after death of man shot by Taser

A police cordon is in place around 10 terraced houses in Manchester following the death of a man who was shot with a Taser by police.

Police stand by a forensic tent following the death of a man after he was shot by a police Taser. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A forensic tent was placed in Beard Road within the cordon which was guarded by uniformed officers, a police van and two patrol cars.

The scene in Manchester following the man's death. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Man dies after being shot by police Taser

A man has died after police shot him with a Taser, Greater Manchester Police said.

The 23-year-old suffered a "medical episode" and died after police shot him with a stun gun. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said:

Police received a 999 call reporting a disturbance on Beard Road in Gorton. Officers were dispatched immediately and arrived in eight minutes. On arrival, a Taser was discharged to detain a 23-year-old man.

At this time it is unclear what happened, but at some point afterwards the man suffered a medical episode. Paramedics performed first aid on the man at the scene before he was taken to hospital where he sadly died

Greater Manchester Police has referred itself to the Police Complaints Commission.

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.