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80-year-old former ballet dancer gets tasered by armed police

EXCLUSIVE: A Taser-armed white former police ballet dancer, 80, in his kitchen after bursting into his London home at 7am looking for a black suspect in his 30s

  • EXCLUSIVE: Roy Morton, 80, of Cricklewood, was tasered by London police
  • The former ballet dancer said police fired a stun gun during a mix-up
  • They actually intended to raid the home of another man in his 30s
  • The other man was suspected of possessing a gun and assaulting a woman

Armed police tasered an 80-year-old former ballet dancer in his kitchen after he allegedly confused his address with a black suspect in his 30s.

Roy Morton – who has a heart condition – was woken by officers who kicked down his front door, shot him with a stun gun, pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him.

The terrified father-of-two, who now works in film and television, later learned that police were in fact planning to raid the home of another man suspected of possessing a gun and attack a woman.

Mr Morton said he could have been killed by the 50,000-volt weapon during the raid on his four-bedroom home in Cricklewood, north-west London, last Tuesday. He condemned Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick for the confusion and said it had chilling echoes of the death of Jean Charles De Menezes in 2005.

Dame Cressida oversaw the fatal operation in which the innocent electrician was mistaken for a terrorist and shot on the subway.

Roy Morton (pictured) – who has a heart condition – was woken by officers who kicked down his front door, fired the stun gun, pinned him down and handcuffed him

Describing the moment armed officers stormed into his kitchen at 7am, Mr Morton told the Daily Mail: ‘I was in my pajamas just standing on the tiled floor wondering desperately what was going on.

“At least four fully-dressed police officers carrying machine guns shone dazzling flashlights in my face, all shouting and shouting something unintelligible at me. They gave me no instructions, nothing.

“Suddenly one of them fired this Taser at me and the electricity started to zap. It hit me in the stomach and upper leg and I fell on the kitchen floor, powerless.

“Then they jumped on me, knelt on my back to pin me to the tiled floor, twisted my arms behind my back, handcuffed me and told me I was under arrest for a fight.”

Describing his “state of shock and confusion”, he said officers then watched him get dressed and go to the bathroom before taking him away. Mr Morton – who was fitted with a pacemaker 25 years ago for a condition called heart block – said he was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in north London after the arrest to have the body checked. ‘device.

He was then transferred to Colindale Police Station in a “dirty” police van where he was told of the mix-up.

Mr Morton said he could have been killed by the 50,000-volt weapon during the raid on his four-bedroom home in Cricklewood, north-west London, last Tuesday.  Pictured: Mr Morton on tour in Barcelona as a ballet dancer

Mr Morton said he could have been killed by the 50,000-volt weapon during the raid on his four-bedroom home in Cricklewood, north-west London, last Tuesday. Pictured: Mr Morton on tour in Barcelona as a ballet dancer

“I was told that the officers who raided my house were actually looking for a 6ft black male in his 30s who lived in an apartment and may have been armed,” he said. “I am white, 80 years old, 1m75 and I live in a house. I was not a threat to anyone… I could have died.

“What kind of training do they give these people? How could they justify using such a weapon on a retiree in his own home?

Mr Morton was eventually told he would be taken home – almost 12 hours after his arrest.

Although he said station agents quickly realized a mistake had been made, he has yet to receive an apology.

He was also billed £55 to repair the doors to his home – but estimates the total cost of the repairs could be as high as £3,000.

He now intends to sue the force for damages, saying he has since suffered from insomnia, tremors and heart palpitations.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said the matter had been referred to the police watchdog.

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