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Gisborne police lose Taser

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/11/2016

Police car © SNPA Police car A police officer has lost a Taser stun gun following a struggle with youths who had been aiming fireworks at passing cars in Gisborne.

Police are now appealing for the return of the 50,000-volt weapon after a thorough search failed to turn it up.

"This is an incident that we are taking seriously, and we acknowledge the potential risk that could be posed if the Taser ends up in the wrong hands," Tairawhiti area commander Inspector Sam Aberahama said in a statement.

On Saturday night police were called to Peppers/Midway Surf Club after reports a large number of youths shooting fire crackers at passing cars, he said.

The group was being escorted away when one of them hit an officer in the arm with a firework.

The officer was unhurt but it was believed the Taser came off an officer's belt during the struggle to stop the youth running away.

Police had retraced their steps and returned to search in daylight but the Taser hasn't been found.

Insp Aberahama warned Tasers were restricted weapons and possessing one may be an offence.

"If you come across it please call 111 immediately so local police can recover it safely."

Police are carrying out a review of the incident.

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