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Lincolnshire Police defends high use of tasers

Lincolnshire Police has defended its high use of tasers following information that has been made public in an HMIC report today.

The force used tasers 332 times in 2014, which is more than double what has been been recorded in similar forces.

Deputy Chief Constable Heather Roach says it is due to the rural nature of the area they cover.

Deputy Chief Con Heather Roach

Overall Lincolnshire police scored a 'good' rating in the report.

They have been asked to make improvements when recording 'taser use' and understanding when 'stop and searches' should take place.

Humberside Police use tasers fifty per cent more than West Yorkshire force

Officers with Humberside Police and also neighbouring Lincolnshire have used tasers far more than most other forces throughout the country according to a new report.

The official police watchdog says Humberside Police used the stun guns 462 times over the last year - that's 50 per cent more than West Yorkshire Police which has almost three times as many officers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission says tasers are being fired more frequently year on year and complaints about their use is also rising.