Updated: Man with meat cleaver tasered by police in Barnstaple


Taser. - Credit: Archant

The 35-year-old was tasered by armed officers and has been charged with several offences.

A 35-year-old will appear in court this morning (Weds) charged with causing criminal damage, possessing a bladed weapon, and affray.

Kristian Maddocks, of Barnstaple, was arrested in Hughes Avenue in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It is alleged he was wielding a meat cleaver and using it to damage lamp posts and street furniture in Hughes Avenue.

Armed police arrived at the scene at around 1.45am and had to taser him to be able to make an arrest.

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A police spokesman said around 20 lampposts and other street furniture was damaged. Mr Maddocks will appeat at Exeter Magistrates’ Court today.

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