Girl, 14, shot with Taser by mistake

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Police have apologised to a girl of 14 after accidentally shooting her with a Taser.

Officers in Nottingham were aiming at a man as they tried to arrest him, but hit the girl who was standing nearby. A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Police said the incident, which has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, took place in Stapleford at about 10.35pm on Wednesday night.

"A 20-year-old man became aggressive to one of the officers, who attempted to arrest him," the spokeswoman said. "After a short struggle the officer tried to restrain him by discharging his Taser. The Taser did not connect with the offender and struck a 14-year-old girl who was standing nearby."

The girl did not require hospital treatment.