A man was caught with a Taser disguised as a mobile phone.
He was stopped and searched in Croydon, south London, on Monday night when officers were on night patrol.
The weapon, which looked like a Samsung Galaxy, was discovered and the man was taken into custody.
‘One nasty weapon off the street and one in custody,’ tweeted the Metropolitan Police taskforce.
It is not the first unusual disguise for crime which has been seen in recent weeks.
Last month Italian police seized a parcel containing hundreds of coffee beans stuffed with cocaine.
Officers said their suspicions were initially raised when they saw the name ‘Santino D’Antonio’ on the packets — a mafia boss in the American action film John Wick — and they intercepted the package.
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