Police Taser threat to man with sword

Police threatened to use a Taser gun on an man in Ilfracombe.

Police threatened to use a Taser gun on an man in Ilfracombe. - Credit: Archant

Ilfracombe man in custody awaiting questioning following incident yesterday evening.

POLICE threatened to use Taser guns on a man brandishing a sword in Ilfracombe yesterday evening (Monday).

Officers were called to a flat in Fore Street at around 11.45pm after concerns about the occupant had been raised by firefighters responding to the sound of an internal alarm.

Police activated their Tasers after being threatened by the 45-year-old.

A police spokesperson said: “Attending officers drew their Tasers and activated their red dots and gave clear verbal warnings to the male as part of an approved tactic to defuse a violent situation without activating the Taser.


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“The male responded to the warnings and discarded the sword and was then arrested. “The incident was resolved peacefully and no persons were injured.”

The man, from Ilfracombe, is in custody at Barnstaple Police Station awaiting interview today.

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