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Police officer 'right' to use Taser on violent drunk in Irvine

Policeman holding a Taser Image copyright PA
Image caption The drunk man threatened officers with weapons before the Taser was used

A police officer was justified in using a Taser against a violent and drunk man in North Ayrshire, an independent investigation has ruled.

The man threatened police and members of the public with a knife and other weapons before the Taser was used.

He was later charged with a number of public order offences following the incident in Irvine on 9 August.

The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner found the use of the Taser was "proportionate and necessary".

Commissioner Kate Frame said: "It allowed the police to control the man, effectively de-escalate the incident and ensure that he did not injure himself or members of the public at the scene."

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