Today's Home Office related news includes the authorisation of the new Taser model and the seizure of 600,000 live eels by Border Force officers.
New Taser model authorised
There is coverage across the newspapers today, including in the Times, Guardian and Telegraph, of the Home Secretary's decision to authorise police use of a new model of Taser. The papers highlight how police officers will now need to record the location and outcome of each use along with the ethnicity and age of those a Taser is used against.
Eels seized at Heathrow Airport
The Sun reports that 600,000 live baby eels worth £1.2 million have been seized by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport with a man arrested on suspicion of customs offences. The paper highlights that the European glass eels are an endangered species and are considered a culinary delicacy in Hong Kong. It is illegal to export them out of the EU.
The seizure was part of Operation Thunderbird, a global INTERPOL-led operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber. Read more about the role of Border Force in Operation Thunderbird.