A POLICE watchdog has confirmed it will be investigating the controversial 'Taser' arrest of a Trafford man at a petrol station.

Protests have been staged after video footage emerged of a man being hit with a stun device at a garage on Chester Road, Stretford, last week, in front of his young child.

Police later charged the man over drink-driving and lockdown offences in relation to the incident.

But the incident was referred by Greater Manchester Police to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Their north-west director, Amanda Rowe, has now confirmed an inquiry has been established into the matter.

She said: "We are aware of community concerns about this incident and can reassure people that this matter will be thoroughly and independently investigated.

"We will look closely at whether the force used on the man was appropriate in the circumstances.

"Greater Manchester Police is cooperating with our enquiries. As part of the investigation we have obtained body worn video footage, CCTV and mobile phone footage which will now be reviewed.”