Good Samaritan among rising number of complainants about police use of tasers

Good Samaritan tasered as he tries to help the police as complaints about devices run at one every three daysA 14-year-old girl and two cyclists among those who have raised concerns Police hope to get Government backing for every officer to carry taser399 complaints received about tasers in last three years | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 26 December 2012 Complaints about the use of Tasers have been increasing as police gear up to put the controversial 50,000-volt devices in the hands of more officers. Among those who have complained are a 14-year-old girl, a ‘good Samaritan’ who was trying to help police, two cyclists and a man who said he refused to take off his underpants in custody. Critics said the complaints, running at the rate of one every three days, should make chief constables think even more carefully about expanding use of the potentially deadly weapons.

Not exactly your usual honeymoon: British newlyweds on two-year world-record breaking tandem cycle ride from New Zealand to London

A bicycle made for 'I do': The British newlyweds on record-breaking two-year honeymoon tandem ride from New Zealand to LondonKat and Steve Turner plan to beat previous tandem journey record of 38,143kmsShe had to learn how to ride a bike before selling possessions and leaving homeThe couple have been attacked by dogs, cooked in rat-infested kitchens and fed giant lizards outside their tentThey have already battled through Arctic temperatures, searing heat, torrential rain – and have only completed a quarter of the trip | UPDATED: 19:43 GMT, 24 December 2012 A honeymoon is the perfect chance for the newlywed couple to spend time with each other, away from the stresses of everyday life. But Kat and Steve Turner, have taken that idea and run with it – or ridden with it. Rather than taking time out for some post-wedding luxuriating on a beach or at a spa hotel, the couple decided to spend two years in a record-breaking attempt to travel the world on a tandem bicycle, sleeping in a tiny two-man tent

Hotpants for Ms Harman, an abacus for Ed Balls – and a burka for Sally Bercow

Hotpants for Ms Harman, an abacus for Ed Balls — and a burka for Sally Bercow | UPDATED: 00:43 GMT, 24 December 2012 QUENTIN LETTS hands out his celebrity Xmas presents Last-minute Christmas shopping — it’s such a nightmare, isn’t it What on earth can you buy the celebrities who seem to have everything Our brilliant sketchwriter Quentin Letts has a few suggestions . . .

Parents spend 2,000 on special helmet to cure their baby of flat-head syndrome

Parents spend 2,000 on special helmet to cure their baby of flat-head syndrome, as NHS refuse to fund it | UPDATED: 19:42 GMT, 30 November 2012 It's a controversial subject that divides parents, but one couple insist that putting a helmet on their baby son for 166 days has cured him of flat head syndrome. Coby Donnison was diagnosed with plagiocephaly and brachycephaly – a form of flat head syndrome – when he was six months old. The condition is caused when babies sleep on their back every night leading to the soft skull becoming flattened.