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Police investigated after vulnerable autistic man Tasered

Avon and Somerset Police is under investigation into what led officers to use a Taser on a vulnerable man with autism and learning difficulties.

The 26-year-old was Tasered in August last year before he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

But the charges after the incident in Bristol were later dropped by the CPS, and now the police watchdog is investigating whether the use of the Taster was "proportionate".

Our investigations, which are at early stages, will look at how police discharged their duties and responsibilities while dealing with a man deemed to be vulnerable, and whether appropriate force was used.

It is important that we establish the full facts, and we will regularly update the complainants and police force as our enquiries progress

– Guido Liguori, IPCC Associate Commissioner
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The investigation follows a complaint from the man's mother who alleges police failed to properly investigate, or provide appropriate support, for him despite his health problems.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is also investigating how the force dealt with the same man on three separate occasions in 2014.

Two incidents saw the man convicted of burglary and harassment, while the CPS decided not to proceed with one charge of assault.

We can confirm that we voluntarily referred this incident to the IPCC who are carrying out an independent investigation.

We are not able to comment further at this stage.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman
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Man arrested after up to 30 cars damaged with hammer

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.

Due to the situation the officers faced and in order to protect the public, a Taser and a baton round were used so an arrest could be made.A man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and assault and was initially taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries, but he is now in custody for questioning.

– Supt Matt Ayres, Avon & Somerset Police

Avon & Somerset Police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission

Police taser convicted murderer

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.