Probe after Taser struck girl, 14, in Stapleford

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Jodie Gallagher describes how she came to be 'Tasered' by police

Police in Nottinghamshire have apologised for accidentally shooting a 14-year-old girl with a Taser.

Officers were called to Alexander Street, Stapleford, at about 2235 BST on Wednesday following reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Police attempted to discharge the Taser after trying to arrest a man who had become aggressive towards officers.

The Taser shot missed him but hit Jodie Gallagher, who was standing nearby, sending an electric shock through her.

Nottinghamshire Police has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Miss Gallagher said: "The police pulled out his Taser gun and said if you don't stand still I'll shoot.

"It got me instead of the boy it was supposed to get.

"It was like a really big cramp, like an electric shock really and I just couldn't move.

In a statement, Nottinghamshire Police said: "As soon as the officer realised he had missed the intended target, he cancelled the discharge.

"The Taser was then successfully redeployed, and the man was arrested for police assault and a Section 4 public order offence.

"Officers have been liaising with the girl and her family and have apologised for what happened."

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