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10:04am 10th September 2013
(Updated 10:04am 10th September 2013)

Pirate FM has learnt that police in Cornwall and Devon are firing Tasers six times a month.

The electroshock weapons were used 71 times last year, including once on a sheep.

The figure has dropped from 103 times in 2011.

They were used 86 times in 2010.

Mike Blakemore from Amnesty International said: "They're not just something that gives a tingle, they're something that gives 55 thousand volts.

"The fact that it's used against animals almost adds to the trivialisation of it. These are potentially lethal weapons, they do cause extreme pain and extreme discomfort to people, that's how they work.

"In many cases they're an appropriate thing for the police to use and a good alternative to firearms for officers who have a very difficult job to do protecting themselves and the public, but we don't want to see that roll-out any further than it is now, we want to see them properly controlled with clear guidelines as to their use."

Devon and Cornwall Police currently have 399 Tasers.

The force has a strict policy on the use of Tasers and says there is no policy specific to the use of Tasers against people under 16.

10:04am 10th September 2013

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