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The Metropolitan Police ia appealing for the return of a Taser and four cartridges that were left on the roof of a police car, which was then driven away... A Met firearms officer attended an early morning briefing at Norfolk Row, Lambeth. After the briefing, possibly focussed on coffee and a bacon sandwich, the copper put the …

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"Like a handgun, but made of bright yellow plastic"?

Specially designed to appeal to kids, then? I predict a very bad day for a sibling somewhere in London, some time soon.

GJC

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Hmmm

...batteries even come included. An ideal Christmas present for all the family.

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camouflage

I'd on the other hand worry how often guns are sneakily lost like this (easier to replace so nobody has to know)? To put a fluo yellow thingy on a roof next to the blue/red lights and not notice is just... strange. So how about a small gunmetal grey thingy?

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ebay?

might find one on ebay.

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Fat chance.

Sussex plod lost one in identical circumstances over four years ago. Still missing as far as I know.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/archive/2006/08/03/The+Argus+Archive/6815000.Stun_gun_still_missing/

I liked the Daily Mash version today.

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RE: The Argus Version

Mr Plod says it's safe because the batteries will now be flat and the person in possession of it won't have the correct charger!

http://www.nonlethaldefense.com/tabachkit.html

They look remarkably like standard AA Ni-Mh to me - I don't suppose you could pop into a shop in the high street and buy a charger for those!

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Utterly ridiculous

Everyone knows that bacon sandwiches are much nicer with a cup of tea. (and HP sauce, obviously)

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Oh goody

Time for another "Told you so" moment from those who knew they'd end up in criminal hands.

Countdown to an old lady being mugged with one begins here.

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bzzzzzzz....

aaaargh....bzzzzzz...aaaaargh. And there are 4 reloads too. The gift that just keeps giving.

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Hmmm

If it isn't data it's weaponary.

I'm sure the plod are the underworlds favoured supplier these days.

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Is this it?

Owww, ouch, ouch, arrrrrr!

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Is this it?

"arrrrrr!"?

Sounds like you've found a pirate copy.

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It will probably be found somewhere in Keystone Road.

Not far from Mornington Crescent.

Everyone makes mistakes. The Police make them publicly and in such an awful way.

I hope non one is hurt. That would make it tragic rather than funny.

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Hardware hackers web sites

I expect the missing Taser will reappear on Hardware hackers web sites, probably pulled apart and rebuilt into a power supply for Christmas lights or maybe a new way to catch fish and fry them at the same time. :)

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Wouldn't worry

No policemen will be sacked for this.

I'm sure he will get a stern talking too (wink wink) and little else.

As for the FIREARM which is what it is. Try the PUB that were the stuff usually ends up.

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I once found

a traffic coppers folder thingy. Metal cover and full of ticket stubs that he'd obviously written that day (loads of them.)

It too was on the road not very far from (a)The main plod HQ for the county & (b)the main motorway that ran through the area.

From the looks of the damage on it that wasn't the only time it had picked up some gravel rash.

Unfortunately for a large number of motorists this was in the days when I still had a vestige of respect for our uniformed enforcers, sorry, police officers. So I called the traffic division. It took me all day to get the damn thing back to it's owner, and he didn't even have the guts to come to the door and accept it himself. He was 'busy'.

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There was a better one a few years back

In a local supermarket's toilets, in their cafe (before they got turned into Tesco and got rid of the cafe part) a woman from the army went to the toilet while her group were out on some kind of exercise. There was a lot of alarm when people found a gun, type not specified by the old women in question, sitting on the cistern.

Luckily they managed to get in touch with the army people and get them to go back to collect it, presumably while closing the toilets to the public for everyone's safety. Either that or they realised it was missing and went back to look for it, either way it very luckily didn't get into the wrong hands. I'm assuming it would be a pistol and not a rifle since those are pretty damn hard to forget.

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I was Kaiser Bill's Batman

And my stepfather was in the Tank Regiment until invalided out after almost 20 years service. He did a bit of time in Germany in the 50's and told a story of the US base near to where he was stationed losing a 50 tonne tank.

Not sure of the exact details, but something to with an exercise that went a bit haywire. He said it took them almost a month to locate the missing ordinance.

Just imagine a load of GIs roaming around Germany "Say buddy, have you seen a tank - about yay big, brown and green, with a goddamn big gun on top?"

He made no comment about whether it still had the tracks on when they found it.

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A Met firearms officer.

nuff said.

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At least we're now safer

One less weapon in the hands of the police, hard to think of anyone I'd trust less with it than the police.

(white, balding, over middle aged, above average earning British geezer).

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Re: At least we're now safer

Why the biog, Dave? Did you feel the need to point out that you're not a 17-year-old anarchist? Well, OK.

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over middle aged, above average earning British geezer

"Over middle aged, above average earning British geezer"

Above average earning for the UK, or above average earning for UK middle aged geezers?

I'd reckon the average *middle aged* geezer has above average earnings for the UK. You could still be above average earnings for the UK and still be earning below average for middle aged geezers.

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Balding?

I get that being white, middle aged and a higher earner probably makes you, on average, more likely to trust the police than you would if you were a young black person living in a deprived area. Therefore all the more shocking that you don't trust them.

But what does being bald have to do with anything?

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"But what does being bald have to do with anything?"

That's where he likes his taser.

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meanwhile, in Norfolk Row Plodshop

Sorry Sarge I lost the Taser

Waht !!!

I lost the Taser, Sarge, left it on the car roof.

Wahht !!

It must have fell of, Sarge.

I'm really sorry Sarge, I must have forgot it.

Oh don't worry, 1234 Tarquin, here just take this data stick over to the Yard will you, there's a good chap

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Coffee/keyboard

BOFH Xmas present

if ever there was one!!

The sub title had me in stitches! Bravo!!

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Great plan!

So, if we find it should we post it to El Reg for his attention?

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I find this...

...absolutely shocking.

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New Owner?

Just wondering if the BOFH might work somewhere along the route taken by this distracted Officer? Might this soon be seen (suitably modified) in the toolkit? Im sure rigging a charger would be simple to such a skilled individual or indeed the PFY. It has advantages of range over the cattle prod surely?

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No charge

The old bill have agreed that no charge will be brought against anyone handing it in. Especialluy if the batteries are flat.

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Once

I handed in a sawn-off during an amnesty. The plod behind the desk, filling out the paperwork, asked what was the reason for having it and I said - a little incredulously - "Home defence?". He said I'd better not say that, implying that was illegal and I could be arrested for it. Seems to me the only other reason for having a sawn off would have been even more illegal (whereas I'd just taken about a foot off to stop whacking it against the door frames as I crept about the house).

I don't recall what he put on the form or whether I found out. Given that I was living in the middle of an inner-city housing estate, I wonder if he wrote that I did target shooting, or game shooting?

I suppose I _could_ have said I had it for vermin control, which was kind of true.

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"It's sawn off because of er the lack of storage space in modern accommodation, officer."

Is it legal to own any kind of sawn-off? Ever?

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Legal?

"Is it legal to own any kind of sawn-off?"

It depends on which bit you keep after you cut it in half.

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Amnesty?

Isn't arresting someone who's handing something in during an amnesty rather missing the point?

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@Sarah Re: Is it legal to own any sort of sawn-off?

If the barrel length of a shotgun is under 24 inches, it is classified as a Firearm, and must be held on a Firearm Certificate, which is harder to get than a Shotgun Certificate. You could quite legally take a thirty two inch shotgun barrel and cut eight inches off the end, without requiring re-classification.

Eight and a bit, and you're in the shit.

Hope that helps. :o)

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Re: Legal

Or: its funny because its true dept. I still have the other bit. I have wondered from time to time if it'd be considered evidence of a crime having been committed.

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only under section 5 of the firearms act

and therefor, generaly out of the reach of the public.

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This is exactly why they aren't given real guns

[See title]

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<Anne Robinson>

Later on we talk to Frank Jackson of South London whose child was injured on Christmas Day by a faulty toy gun he bought in a pub. That's Watchdog! </Anne Robinson>

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I'm going to patent

The magnetic Tazer.

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didn't they ban

cluster bombs partly because they were pretty colours that appealed to kids?

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HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Over 30 years ago as a lil kid I started collecting keys as a super easy hobby.

Over the years I have collected many many lost keys. all sort of keys. Big keys, small keys

Even simple keys(for toys) and even new keys and very old house skeleton keys.

What I did not know was at the time one of the keys I had was a police ANY key/universal key.

So anyway at age 27 I finally got my own place and willfully informed the apt management that I collect keys since I was a lil kid and if they ever have a person locked out of their apartment they can come running over to me for some help as I had so many I am sure one of them would work.

And I was right and a pretty lady came knocking on my door askign for help. I finally got her door open and the apaartment mgt told me to hand over all my keys and if I dont then I have to move out and leave...... Grrrr!!!!! it was a police officer who finally ended up getting and owning my key collection. I begged them and told them it was my lifes collection but they didnt care.

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Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

""What I did not know was at the time one of the keys I had was a police ANY key/universal key."

Did you press it to continue?

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Cute story

But despite what you may have seen on the Simpsons, there's no such thing as a "universal key". Although, police and other emergency workers do sometimes jokingly refer to anything that can be used for smashing down a door as such.

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"Master Key"

Mk I: Opens any padlock.

It's got two long handles going to a lever assembly attached to two short blades. Open the handles, put the blades around the shackle of any lock, and close the handles. Also known as a bolt cutter.

Mk.II: Opens any door:

Long fiberglass handle, attached to a a 20 lbm. head, flat on one side, optionally tapered on the other. Also known as a splitting maul or sledgehammer.

Mk.III: Opens any keyed lock: A torsion wrench and a number of small metal bits. Also known as lockpicks.

In general, you're lucky if a random key fits into a random keyway, much less actually works on the tumblers. I've got the decent collection myself: House keys from several houses I no longer live in, mailbox keys for mailbox I no longer have, keys from employers I no longer work for, and the ones I still use.

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Police appeal for missing Taser

Someone is going to install Linux in it.

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No, they didn't.

Ban them, that is. Many of the bomblets certainly are brightly coloured and attractive to kids (and also easily confused with food aid packages) but no-one really cares about that sort of thing unless either the Israelis or the Princess of Wales are involved.

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Ummm

She's rather unlikely to be involved nowadays. But as I'm not keen on being a bearer of bad news perhaps you could ask a nearby Daily Mail reader to break it to you.

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Just Google "Jackass YouTube"

you'll find some youfs tazering the crap out of each other and dumping it when the battery needs recharging.

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