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New ‘two-shot’ Tasers for all police officers

‘TWO shot’ Tasers are to be issued to police across the country despite concerns over their safety.

The stun guns, which can fire twice without reloading, will replace the current model, used by an estimated 20,000 officers. It comes after a survey by the Police Federation found 82 per cent of its members believed all front line officers should be given the weapons.

They are said to be more accurate but a government review of the new model said their use could trigger epileptic fits and heart problems in those hit with 50,000-volt shock. At least 17 deaths in the UK have been linked to their use since 2003.

Black Mental Health UK said the move was ‘deeply disturbing’ as a third of those subjected to Tasers are vulnerable people and not criminals.