Boy, 11, Tasered by police after knife stand-off in South Ayrshire

An 11-year-old boy armed with a knife was Tasered by police during a stand-off in South Ayrshire, it has emerged.

Police Scotland confirmed the incident took place on 22 March at the Craig Tara caravan park, near Ayr.

Footage published by the Scottish Sun shows several officers asking the boy to put down the weapon before one of them fires the 50,000-volt stun gun.

The incident had been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc).

The video shows the schoolboy being approached by at least four officers, one of whom is pointing a Taser at the child. He appears to be holding a knife and a mobile phone.

The officers can be heard asking him to put down the knife and “do the right thing” but the boy backs away from them.

One officer asks him: “What do you want do with the knife?”

But the child continues to retreat and tells them to “stay back”.

The police officer with the stun gun then discharges the weapon.

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