Police watchdog probe second Burnley cell Taser claim

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A 26-YEAR-OLD man who claims he was shot with a Taser in a Burnley police cell has launched a complaint against Lancashire Constabulary.

The detainee complained a stun gun was used on him by officers in the custody suite of Burnley Police Station in July last year.

A complaint from the man’s solicitor was referred to the IPCC by Lancashire Constabulary in September last year and it was decided it should be investigated by force’s Professional Standards Department.

The complaint comes just weeks after a 20-year-old man claims he was shot with a Taser in the same Burnley custody facility last September.

James Dipple-Johnstone, IPCC Commissioner for Lancashire, said: “As it appears there are a number of similarities between the two uses of Taser at the same police custody suite I want to ensure that all guidelines and regulations covering the use of Taser were adhered to in both instances.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary: “We are aware that the IPCC has now chosen to carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances and the constabulary will fully cooperate with them throughout their investigation.”