"Taser provides a proportionate response to situations and is only deployed by officers who have been selected and carefully trained in its use. "It is a highly effective tactical option available and an important tool in maximising safety to the general public and is only deployed in circumstances where serious injury could occur.
"Northumbria selects officers from 24/7 response teams to become trained in the use of Taser as it is these officers who are more likely to be first at the scene of a violent situation.
– Northumbria Police spokesman
"The circumstance of the incident they are responding to; whether an offender posses a risk to another member of the public or an officer and the dangers and possible risks to the offender, whatever their age, are very carefully assessed before a decision is made to use Taser.
"Every usage is thoroughly reviewed by a senior officer. "Taser has been used on five occasions on people under the age of 19 and has not been used since 2010 on this age group."