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Police right to use Taser on OAP

A police decision to use a Taser gun on an 89-year-old man who was threatening to cut his own throat has been upheld by a watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission(IPCC) said North Wales Police officers were protecting the public and the man's life.

The retired carpenter and World War II veteran walked out of a residential home in Llandudno, Conwy in January.

He smashed a window and ran off clutching a piece of glass.

Police said at the time that they used the 50,000-volt stun gun to control the man, who has not been named, because they thought he might kill himself.

The IPCC has now upheld the decision of an internal North Wales Police inquiry in to the incident.

Relatives had disagreed with the decision and said the Taser could have killed him, that handcuffs were unnecessary and that the officers should have used other ways to calm him down.



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