Police in Twickenham, London, have sent out a warning to people about the consequences of purchasing illegal weapons from the internet after two mobile phone devices with stun gun capability were recovered last weekend (23/24 March).
A 15-year-old boy was arrested and has been bailed pending further enquiries after the discovery in the Twickenham Riverside area of the borough.
A cell phone stun gun works like other stun guns whose trigger dumps a sometimes deadly shocking electrical charge into a victim’s body and overworks their muscles.
“Even by purchasing such a weapon, you are committing an offence – one that could result in jail,” a police spokesman said.
Cell phone stun guns are disguised self-defense weapons that look completely innocent and inoffensive. They hang from your belt or purse strap for easy access without anyone knowing you’re armed.
The two devices were purchased over the internet from a company based in China – they are illegal in this country, and it is also an offence to import such devices.
So far, no other devices have surfaced on the Borough.
Borough Commander of Richmond and Twickenham Police, Superintendent Clive Chalk said:
“Discovering a weapon such as this is thankfully an extremely rare occurrence on the Borough but I am keen to emphasise the dangers these devices bring. Even by purchasing such a weapon, you are committing an offence – one that could result in jail.
“Ignorance is not a defence. If you are found possession of one of these devices, or found to have purchased one of these devices, you could be prosecuted.
“Anyone who has information about mobile phone/stun gun devices is urged to contact local police. If you discover a device, please do not handle it but call the police.”
People have been asked to contact Richmond and Twickenham Police on 101 and ask to speak to their local Safer Neighbourhood team. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.