Manchester police Taser 'crossbow-carrying knifeman'

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Police used a Taser to apprehend the suspect

A man seen in Manchester city centre with a large crossbow and a knife has been Tasered and arrested, police said.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers used a Taser and a baton launcher while detaining the suspect in Tib Street shortly after 14:30 BST,

The 30-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of carrying offensive weapons, suffered an injury to his hand and was taken to hospital.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed.

Such a move is standard practice, as is the force automatically referring the incident to its own professional standards branch.

A GMP spokeswoman said: "A police cordon [was] put in place around a bag that the man was carrying.

"During the detainment, a Taser and a baton launcher [which fires rubber pellets] was used by officers."

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