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IPCC: Criminal investigation into death of Dalian Atkinson

VILLA STAR: Dalian Atkinson

THE INDEPENDENT Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced that they are conducting a criminal investigation into the death of Dalian Atkinson. Two police officers have been notified they are under criminal investigation and been served with gross misconduct notices.

Atkinson, the former Aston Villa striker, died after he was Tasered by police. Atkinson, 48, died around 90 minutes after he was hit by a stun gun in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, at around 1.30am on August 15.

An ambulance spokesman said while Atkinson was being taken to Princess Royal Hospital, his condition deteriorated and he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical facility.

The family of Dalian Atkinson said: “We are still in shock as to the circumstances in which Dalian died. We are determined to get justice for him which means getting to the truth.

"We welcome the IPCC’s decision that this is will be a criminal investigation and emphasise their request that there should be no speculation in the media as to what happened to Dalian, as this could prejudice the criminal investigation and any potential prosecution.

"We ask that anyone with information about what happened to Dalian in the early hours of Monday 15 August 2016 contacts the IPCC.

"We are looking to the IPCC to carry out a thorough and robust investigation that will ultimately provide transparency and accountability. Dalian’s memory requires nothing less.”

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