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Sharp rise in Taser use on children in London

The user of Tasers against children by the Metropolitan Police has dramatically increased. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Taser use against children by the Metropolitan Police has risen nearly six-fold over four years, campaigners have revealed.

Stun guns were used on children 131 times between 2008 and 2012 across all but nine London boroughs, rising from nine in 2008 to 53 in 2012, the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) said.

The figures, obtained by a Freedom of Information request by the CRAE, were published as part of a wider report into children and human rights in London.

In Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham children were Tasered 51 times between 2008 and 2012, accounting for 40% of the total.