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Blind person is Tasered by police over his cane 'gun'

By Eleanor Barlow

A blind man has been Tasered by police after his cane was mistaken for a gun.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to reports of a man with a gun on Albert Road, Levenshulme, shortly after 6.40pm on Thursday.

A force spokesman said: "Armed response officers attended and a Taser was deployed. A 43-year-old man was detained.

"Officers later discovered the man was in possession of a folding cane and he was subsequently released."

The force confirmed the man was blind.

Superintendent Steve Howard of the GMP said: "Officers responded quickly to the incident to ensure the safety of the community of Levenshulme. It has been established that there was no threat and enquiries are ongoing to fully understand the circumstances of the incident. In line with standard procedure on occasions such as this, a referral has been made to GMP's professional standards branch."

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