Taser gun pointed at reveller

POLICE pointed a Taser gun at an unruly reveller during a daylight fracas at a pub.

A fight started at the Ward Jackson pub, in Church Square, Hartlepool, during which a 48-year-old male member of staff is said to have been assaulted.

His alleged attacker was asked to leave the premises but when he apparently refused the police were called.

Officers turned up at the pub and when the man would still not comply they resorted to withdrawing a Taser gun – an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles.

The man was “red-dotted” with the gun – meaning the weapon was pointed at him – but it was not deployed and he was arrested by officers with handcuffs.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “There was an incident at the Ward Jackson Pub, in Church Street, at 2.10pm on Sunday.

“Police were called to reports of an affray during which a 48-year-old man was assaulted and a man was refusing to leave the premises when requested by staff.

“Police attended and detained the man after red-dotting him with a Taser as he was not complying with police. The Taser was pointed at him, but not deployed.”

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

He was being questioned by police yesterday.