Police divers search River Welland in Stamford for lost Taser
Police divers have been searching for a Taser lost in the River Welland at Stamford.
The electroshock weapons, which cost about £1,000 each, are carried by some Lincolnshire Police officers.
On June 25 the Rutland and Stamford Mercury received reports of police officers repeatedly dipping a magnet on a rope into the River Welland at Stamford Meadows. At the time it was suggested by residents that this was in order to retrieve a Taser.
At the time, Lincolnshire Police would not confirm this to be the case and issued a statement to say: “It is believed that an item was thrown in the river... although there is nothing to confirm what this item actually was. Officers checked the river but did not recover any objects.”
However, a spokesman for the force has now said the Under Water Search Team were, earlier today (Wednesday, July 15), searching for a Taser in relation to an investigation following an incident in The Meadows on June 25.
They added that the search team was on a training day and finding the Taser had been part of their activities.
It is understood the team is due to return to the river for training tomorrow (Thursday).