Epworth Alzheimer’s sufferer tasered by police

A 59-year-old Epworth man, suffering from dementia was tasered by Humberside Police after he became violent, a report will reveal next week.

The incident happened on March 6 and involved former farm worker Peter Russell.

Peter was shot with a stun gun, a report by Humberside Police Authority revealed.

Two officers physically struggled with Peter who was “suffering from a rapid onset of Alzheimer’s disease” at the time of the incident.

Two officers suffered minor injuries after the farmer ripped out the Taser barbed darts and had to be physically restrained until more officers arrived at the scene.

The report, which outlines Humberside Police’s activity across the force, will be put forward to the Authority’s policing committee at a meeting on May 15.

Chief Supt David Eldritch, from Humberside Police, said: “It’s very sad that this gentleman had to be restrained through the use of a Taser but the officers were faced with a significant level of violence.

“It is to their credit that they successfully restrained the 59-year-old man without injury to himself and took him to a place of safety to be treated.”

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