A spokesman for Essex Police said: “The officers also used the red dot function of their Taser due to the initial perceived threat the item the man was carrying may have presented.
“Once he had been detained it was established the item he was carrying was a pair of shears and he had been trimming some hedges.”
Hundreds of CCTV clips showing her praying were sent to police, who decided to charge her with harassment.
But when Mrs Jacklin, 53, appeared before Hastings magistrates, the court took less than 15 minutes to throw the case out, to the relief of the mother-of-two and her children.
Sussex Police said: 'The prosecution had been authorised by the CPS. We are not in a position to comment further.'Remember when our police were admired the world over? I do.