Girl, 10, tasered with 50,000-volts after ‘threatening mum with hammer’
Police tasered a 10-year-old girl after they found her with a weapon at home, according to a new report.
Officers used a 50,000-volt stun gun on the schoolgirl when they responded to a call that she allegedly threatened her mum with a hammer, The Sun reported.
The responders are said to have arrived at the gated property on a private estate and ordered she dropped the weapon but she did not comply.
A source said: "Police were confronted by the girl holding a weapon and in an extremely agitated state.
"An officer yelled at the girl to drop the weapon and when she didn’t comply, a Taser was used on her."
The schoolgirl was not hurt and it is not clear if she was arrested.
It is believed that the child is the youngest person to be tasered in the UK.
A complaint was made, and the case is now being looked at by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
An IOPC spokesperson said: "We have received the referral of a complaint and we are assessing it to determine what further action may be required."
Former Met Police Chief Detective Inspector Mick Neville said using a stun gun on someone this age was "extremely rare and disturbing".
The use of Taser stun guns by police forces in England and Wales reached a record high in 2019. The weapons were fired on 2,500 occasions between April 1 2018 and March 31 2019.
According to the Home Office, police in England and Wales drew tasers on 22,059 occasions in the year to April 2019.
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Only 29 of these incidents involved a child under 11. In most cases, the devices were aimed at a suspect without being fired.
The deployment figure was up by more than a third on the year to March 2018 and double the 2016 total.
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