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Investigation into use of Taser in custody suite launched

February 26, 2013, 12:21 pm

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is independently investigating a Lancashire police officers use of a Taser on a man being held at a custody suite in Burnley.

Solicitors acting on behalf of a 20-year-old man have complained a Taser was used on him in a cell in September 2012, and raised concerns about the reasons for the weapon being discharged.

The IPCC investigation will determine whether the use of Taser was proportionate and necessary.

IPPC Commissioner for Lancashire James Dipple-Johnstone said: “We will look at all the available evidence to decide if in this instance the use of Taser was appropriate and that all guidelines and regulations covering use of the weapon were observed by the officers in the custody suite.”

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