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Wireless police stun gun 'causes concern'

24th August 2009

Amnesty International has expressed concern over proposals to introduce a new form of wireless stun gun across UK police forces.

Reports suggest that the Home Office is considering issuing a new Taser X-Rep (Extended-Range Electronic Projectile) stun gun among UK police.

Charity Amnesty International warned that the taser could pose an increased risk of face or head injury because of its wireless projectiles.

The organisation's arms programme director Oliver Sprague described the taser as 'effectively a shotgun that fires electric-shock bullets'.

He said: 'We're also concerned by the fact that these weapons will deliver an excruciatingly painful shock for 20 seconds.

'Amnesty would be very alarmed if the Home Office were to consider authorising this weapon to police officers in the UK.'

Home Office figures published earlier this month indicate that tasers were used 250 times by specially trained units in the UK between January and April 2009.

The weapons were discharged 62 times in total during this time.

Tasers were rolled out across all UK police forces on December 1st 2008.

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