Police taser naked man who smashed up a room in country hotel

Alan Gray caused £5,000 worth of damage

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Police taser naked man in country hotel


Police were forced to taser a naked man at a hotel in Sunderland after he went on the rampage, damaging his hotel room and becoming violent towards officers.

The man, named in the Sunderland Echo as Alan Gray, destroyed a window, mirror and chair in his room in the Chilton Country Pub and Hotel and also left a radiator hanging off the wall, causing £5,000 worth of damage.

When police arrived at the scene, Gray was naked. John Garside, prosecuting, said they had to use a taser to incapacitate him after he kicked one of the policemen.

Shortly after that, he was handcuffed and taken to Durham City Police Station where he began acting out again.

He was pepper sprayed after he uriniated in his cell, broke a cup and turned violent towards officers again, the Sunderland Echo added.

Gray, 41, admitted criminal damage to the hotel room and police cell, violent behaviour at the police stationa and two charges of assaulting a constable.

Magistrates sentenced Gray to a 12 -month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work, ordered him to pay £100 in compensation to each police officer and £500 to the hotel.

He was also told to pay £140 for the damage to the cell to cover the clean-up bill, the Sunderland Echo reported.

This follows an incident late last year where a man died after being tasered by police at a hotel in Wales.

The taser was used after police responded to reports that a man was attacking a woman at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed, Blackwood, near Caerphilly, reports the Mirror.

The man was then arrested but later became unresponsive and died while in custody.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (1PCC). The IPCC will investigate Gwent Police's handling of the incident.

The taser was introduced in the UK in April 2003.

It is now used by all police forces in England and Wales.

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