Police stun gun use rise

Figures due to be released today are expected to show a sharp rise in the use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales.

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Family demand taser ban

The family of a man who died after being shot with a police taser are demanding the devices are outlawed as new Home Office figures published today show use of the weapon nationally is rising.

Brian Loan, 47, from County Durham, was the first person in the UK to be killed by a taser in 2006. An inquest later ruled he died from heart complications that could have been brought on by the taser.

Tasers "taking people's lives away"

The family of a man who died after being shot with a taser are calling for the devices to be outlawed.

Brian Loan, 47, from County Durham, died three days after being shot with a taser in 2006. He was the first person in the UK to die after being shot with a taser.

An inquest ruled Mr Loan died from heart complications that could have been brought on by the taser. His sister, Barbara Hodgson, says the weapon should be banned.

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Sharp rise in use of stun guns by police

Figures due to be released today are expected to show a sharp rise in the use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales.

The Guardian are reporting a "massive" jump in the use of stun guns by police between 2010 and 2011. Credit: Press Association.

The Home Office will release the figures at 0930 this morning. Newspaper reports have said the incidents of stun gun use has increased "dramatically."

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