Get the data – Children tasered by police officers2

OpenWorld News has today revealed how young children have been shot by police officers with 50,000-volt Taser stun guns.

You can see more about our investigation here.

Now we’re making all the data – from police forces across England and Wales – available to download on this page. 

Any media using the data must credit “OpenWorld News”.

The latest data now includes responses from 27 police forces.

Below is the most up-to-date table, and below that is a list of police forces. Where available you can click to download the original FOI response.

Taser deployment on children in 2010, 2011, and 2012

OpenWorld News - Children tasered in 2010 2011 and 2012

Main points:

- The youngest child tasered is a 12-year-old girl who was shot in St Helens by Merseyside Police. You can see their response here and here, along with a media statement about the incident released following our questions to the force.

- The responses from the 27 forces show Tasers have been deployed at least 194 times against children aged 16 and under in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

- It includes 24 children aged 16 and under being shot with a Taser, where an officer pulls the trigger to shoot out a barb on wires, delivering 50,000 volts.

- Six children aged 14 were hit. The forces include Northumbria who shot two 14-year-olds, Gwent, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.

- 15-year-old children were shot by the following police forces: Avon and Somerset, Dyfed Powys, Essex and Nottinghamshire.

Incidents:

A 12-year-girl was shot in St Helens by Merseyside Police after she was said to have armed her herself with two knives and threatening to harm herself.
Two 11-year-old boys armed with knives in Crewe were targeted by red laser dots from a Taser.
A 14-year-old girl in Nottingham was accidentally shot as officers tried to arrest a suspect in the city.
A 14-year-old burglary suspect armed with a screwdriver was shot in Gwent, south Wales.
A 14-year-old was shot with Taser in Northumbria after the teen attacked another person with cosh – a truncheon-like weapon.
A 14-year-old was shot by armed officers in Warwickshire who was alleged to have been armed with a knife and “being racially abusive”.
A 14-year-old boy was drive-stunned in York for resisting arrest.
A 12-year-old girl armed with a knife was red-dotted in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, by armed officers.
A 15-year-old was shot in Frome, Somerset, after an alleged assault.
A 15-year-old was Tasered in Nottinghamshire after apparently being violent towards an officer and carrying a knuckle duster.
A 15-year-old was red-dotted in Kent after fleeing from a stolen vehicle. The officer used the Taser light “as a torch to locate subject hiding in bushes”.
A 15-year-old was red-dotted in Kent after “holding a pool cue in a threatening manner”.
A 15-year-old had the red laser dot shined at him when police believed his eyes had become “squinted” as if ready to attack in the West Country.
An “aggressive” 13-year-old girl “suffering mental imbalance” had a Taser aimed at her after being found in possession of a number of knives in Gwent.

Download the data:

Avon and Somerset Police – Partial response
Bedfordshire Police – Awaiting response
Cambridgeshire Constabulary – Awaiting response
Cheshire Police – Response (Part One)
Cheshire Police – Response (Part Two Excel File)
City of London Police – Response
Cleveland Police – Partial response (Part One)
Cleveland Police – Partial response (Part Two)
Cumbria Constabulary – Response
Derbyshire Constabulary – Response (Part One)
Derbyshire Constabulary – Response (Part Two)
Devon and Cornwall Police – Partial response (Part One)
Devon and Cornwall Police – Partial response (Part Two)
Dorset Police – Partial response
Durham Police – Response
Dyfed Powys Police – Partial response
Essex Police – Partial response (Part One)
Essex Police – Partial response (Part Two Excel File)
Gloucestershire Constabulary – Refusal
Gloucestershire Constabulary – Refusal of appeal
Greater Manchester Police – Refusal
Gwent Police – Response
Hampshire Constabulary – Partial response
Hertfordshire Constabulary – Partial response
Humberside Police – Refusal
Kent Police- Response (Part One)
Kent Police – Response (Part Two Excel File)
Lancashire Police – Response
Leicestershire Police – Partial response
LincolnshirePolice  - Refusal
Merseyside Police – Partial response (Part One)
Merseyside Police – Partial response (Part Two)
Merseyside Police – Partial response (Media Statement)
Metropolitan Police – Awaiting response
Norfolk Police – Refusal
North Wales Police – Refusal
North Yorkshire Police – Response
Northamptonshire Police – Refusal
Northumbria Police – Response (Part One)
Northumbria Police – Response (Part Two)
Nottinghamshire Police – Response
South Wales Police – Refusal
South Yorkshire Police – Response (Part One)
South Yorkshire Police – Response (Part Two)
Staffordshire Police – Refusal
Suffolk Police – Refusal
Surrey Police – Response
Sussex Police – Awaiting response
Thames Valley Police – Response (Part One)
Thames Valley Police – Response (Part Two)
Warwickshire Police – Response (Part One)
Warwickshire Police – Response (Part Two)
West Mercia Police – Response
West Midlands Police – Awaiting response
West Yorkshire Police – Awaiting response
Wiltshire Police – Response

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Guy Basnett is an investigative journalist and reporter. He has held the posts of Chief Reporter at The Journal, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Features Writer at the News of the World, and Deputy Features Editor at the News of the World. He was awarded Young Reporter of the Year at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2006, shortlisted for Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, and shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010.

Guy Basnett

Guy Basnett is an investigative journalist and reporter. He has held the posts of Chief Reporter at The Journal, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Features Writer at the News of the World, and Deputy Features Editor at the News of the World. He was awarded Young Reporter of the Year at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2006, shortlisted for Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, and shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010.

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