Officers from the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) found a taser phone on a male following a successful stop and search in Croydon on Monday evening.
Officers from the TSG’s U44 unit were conducting pro-active patrols when they saw a male who was acting suspiciously.
After stopping the male and explaining why he was going to be searched, it wasn’t long before officers found what they thought at first was just an ordinary phone.
However, upon closer inspection, it turned out that the phone was, in fact, a working taser, capable of disabling someone with a jolt of thousands of volts.
A spokesperson for @MetTaskForce tweeted:
‘TSG U44 officers conducting proactive patrols in Croydon. They stop and searched a male who they found to be in possession of a taser disguised as a phone!
‘One nasty weapon off the street and one in custody’
Stop and search is an effective way of not only getting dangerous weapons off of the streets, but it is also an effective way of deterring people from carrying weapons in areas which are well-known for violent crime and street gang activity.
If you have a story you want to tell, or video you want to share, send it to Emergency Services News via email@example.com
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more news, videos, blogs and stories: @ES_News_
Can you help Emergency Services News?
We when set our website up in November 2018, we had a straightforward mission: to bring our readers factual stories, which are free from negative bias but which are enriched with qualified experience.
Each member of our in-house team of writers has served in either the armed forces, emergency services or NHS.
This means that we can bring our readers not only the stories which matter but also stories without the negative spin.
But we cannot do this without your help. As ad revenue – the staple income of most publishers – continues to fluctuate, then we need the help of our supporters and readers more than ever.
Become a donor: You can make a one-off or reoccurring donation via Paypal. CLICK HERE to become a donor
We would like to thank you in advance for your continued support.
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories & videos which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services & NHS by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' back in 2018 was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services & NHS which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of you, our readers.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.