Police said the weapon, which looks like a black iPhone and emits a strong electric shock, was found when the boy was searched.An officer suffered a shock as he examined it but was not seriously hurt. A knife was also seized during the search, prompted after reports four teenagers were racially abusing a bus driver in Portland Street.
The police will send the stun gun for analysis to determine how dangerous it is.Sergeant Phil Marsh said, “The fake smartphone has a silver strip along the top with two electrical points, from which the current is discharged.The volume buttons appear to activate the device. People need to be aware that possession of them is an offence under the Firearms Act.”
The police said four male youths, which also included a 16-year-old and two aged 17, have been bailed pending further inquiries. The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article and a racially-aggravated public order offence. The other three youths were held on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.
Stun gun phones were a feature at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. An iPhone charger case can deliver a 650,000-volt electric shock.In January Wesley Walter, a 26-year-old drug dealer, was jailed at Southampton Crown Court for five years for possessing a 50,000-volt stun gun disguised as a mobile phone. The weapon was capable of discharging 50,000 volts, but he claimed he had only bought the firearm as a novelty item.
Stun-gun phones are largely made in China and can bought over the internet for just £15.