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'iPhone Stun Gun' Found In Police Search
Police have seized a stun gun disguised as a smartphone from a 14-year-old boy.
The officer who searched the youth in Manchester city centre suffered a shock as he examined the fake handset, which resembles a black iPhone, but was not seriously hurt according to the force.
Police found the weapon, which is capable of giving a powerful electric shock, after being called to a complaint that the boy, who has not been named, and three other teenagers were racially abusing a bus driver in Portland Street.
The boy was also found to have a knife, police said.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the fake smartphone has a silver strip along the top with two points from which the electric current is discharged.
The device appeared to be activated by the volume buttons.
Police do not believe the weapons are common in the area but warned people that possession of such devices is an offence under the Firearms Act.
The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article and a racially-aggravated public order offence.
The other three, one aged 16 and two aged 17, were detained on suspicion of racially-aggravated public order offences.
All have been bailed pending further inquiries, a police spokesman said.
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