New Taser firm to open in town

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STAFF at a Daventry-based firm, stripped of its licence to provide Tasers to police forces, have been appointed to a new company set up in its place.

Pro-Tect Systems, based on Cottesbrooke Park, was found to have breached the terms of its licence to supply the weapons to police in September following a stand-off with gunman Raoul Moat in Northumbria.

The firm was reprimanded after it emerged it had provided X12 Tasers directly to police, even though the equipment was still being tested.

Just days later the body of former Northamptonshire police officer and director of the firm, Peter Boatman, was found at his home. It is thought he took his own life.

A Home Office Select Committee also heard last week how Mr Boatman had personally driven the devices to Northumbria on his own at the height of the manhunt for Moat.

His business partner, Kevin Coles, told the committee the lone trip had breached terms of the firm’s licence, but he said Mr Boatman had simply wanted to help protect police officers.

After the hearing the Government announced that Pro-Tect will be replaced with Tactical Safety Responses (TSR), a new firm based in the same area. Pro-Tect Systems will continue with its tactical clothing and equipment business.

The two directors of the new company will be Mark Williams and Glen Cameron, who will both be moving over from Pro-Tect.

Mr Cameron said: “There are nine individuals who work with Pro-Tect. Due to recent events most are being made redundant but Mark and myself will be taking two of the former employees with us.”