Tasers should only be used in the most exceptional circumstances. That's the finding of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, in a report on the use of the defence weapon by forces.
A policeman in Wiltshire, PC Lee Birch, was recently cleared of ABH and misconduct for Tasering a naked suspect.
Footage of the moment a police officer fired a 50,000 volt stun gun at a naked suspect in a custody cell has been leaked to ITV News. Today a jury at Bristol Crown Court cleared the officer of assault, and the Chief Constable of Wiltshire tried to stop any of the film from being shown.
A 26-year-old man has been arrested after up to 30 cars were damaged with a hammer in Bristol.
Officers and a police dog unit were sent to Rodbourne Road in Horfield this morning after complaints from the public. The man was arrested after a Taser and baton round were deployed.
Avon & Somerset Police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission
A convicted murderer who had been on the run since last Saturday has been recaptured by police in Bristol. Paul Flint, 47, was finally caught after being tasered by officers outside a house in Bedminster where his brother lives.
Flint had disappeared from an open prison in Suffolk. He was jailed in 1990 for murdering the occupant of a house he had burgled in London.