Moat Tasers ‘not ef­fec­tive’

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UNAU­THO­RISED shot­gun Tasers used by po­lice in the stand-off with crazed killer Raoul Moat were not an ef­fec­tive non-lethal weapon, a Home Of­fice ex­pert told an in­quest.

In test­ing “more of­ten than not” the X-Rep car­tridges did not achieve their pur­pose of in­ca­pac­i­tat­ing the tar­get, the hear­ing was told.

Of­fi­cers fired twice at the 15st 7lb fugi­tive as he pre­pared to kill him­self with a sawn-off shot­gun.

The con­tin­u­ing in­quest at New­cas­tle Crown Court has heard that po­lice fired the X12 Tasers — which were li­censed only for test­ing — be­cause stan­dard X26 hand­held Tasers didn’t have the nec­es­sary range.

Its fail­ings were de­scribed by a Home Of­fice physi­cist.

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