Taser figures disclosed

A mad dog and men armed with machetes, axes, crossbows, swords, bars and knives have all come under fire from police wielding Tasers across Cheshire.

The 50,000-volt electric guns have been used by Cheshire Police since 2004 and, while currently only specially trained authorised firearms officers are allowed to carry the weapon, an announcement from Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in November could see all frontline officers armed with Tasers.

A Freedom of Information request by Runcorn & Widnes World revealed Cheshire Police used (or threatened the use of) the stun gun, which temporarily disables suspects, 36 times in the past 17 months.

Halton Taser figures released (Runcorn & Widnes World, 5 January 2009)