Tasered footballer inquest to open

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Atkinson started his career at Ipswich Town, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Aston Villa and Fenerbahçe

An inquest is to open into the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson, who was Tasered by police.

Mr Atkinson, 48, died 90 minutes after the weapon was deployed by West Mercia Police in the street where he grew up in Telford, Shropshire, on 15 August.

The former Ipswich Town and Aston Villa striker went into cardiac arrest on his way to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner is due to open the inquest at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury later.

The death was referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which said it would carry out “a full and thorough” inquiry.

Two police officers with the West Mercia force were suspended pending a criminal investigation into Mr Atkinson’s death.

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Police were called to Meadow Close in Telford in the early hours of 15 August

Mr Atkinson was a top-flight striker in the 1990s, starting his career at Ipswich before playing for Sheffield Wednesday, Spanish side Real Sociedad and Aston Villa.

He scored 23 goals in 85 appearances for the Birmingham side between 1991 and 1995 and is best remembered for the Match of the Day goal of the season in the 1992-93 campaign – the inaugural Premier League season.

Memorably, the Villa star dribbled the ball from inside his own half before chipping the Wimbledon keeper from the edge of the area.

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Dalian Atkinson is pictured with then club manager Ron Atkinson after Villa’s 3-1 defeat of Manchester United in the 1994 League Cup final

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