Man quizzed over illegal 'torch taser'.
A man was allegedly caught with a 'torch taser' - which delivers an electric charge like a cattle prod.
The man was interviewed by armed officers on Tuesday about the alleged "electric incapacitation device."
Police issued a warning to him, stating it is illegal to import, sell, and possess such items.
Cleveland and Durham Road Policing Unit posted a picture of a similar device on its Facebook page, and said: "A male was interviewed by Armed Response Vehicle officers about his alleged possession of an 'electric incapacitation device' similar to the item shown (above).
"This may be more commonly marketed as a 'torch taser' or similar, and despite looking like a torch actually delivers an electric charge when activated, sort of like a cattle prod."
It added: "It is illegal to import, sell, and possess such items, which are classed as firearms under S5(1) (b) of the 1968 Firearms Act, and may also fall under the category of a 'disguised firearm'.
"These offences can carry lengthy sentences, also the devices are often cheaply made and pose a danger to anyone activating them.
"Many 'self-defence weapons' are illegal to possess in the UK, please check the legislation thoroughly before buying anything off the internet."