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40,000 sign petition for review into Tasers after Dalian Atkinson death

More than 40,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a review into the use of Tasers by police after the death of former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson.

The 48-year-old died from cardiac arrest after being Tasered outside his father's home in Telford in the early hours of Monday morning. The police watchdog is investigating. Meanwhile post mortem tests are due to take place this afternoon to find out the former footballer's exact cause of death.


Thousands of Aston Villa fans pay tribute to Dalian Atkinson

Fans held a minutes applause at tonights home clash against Huddersfield in tribute to the former Aston Villa striker who died earlier this week. Meanwhile today there have been renewed calls in to the use of stun guns which are supposed to be a non-lethal weapon, as Chris Halpin reports.

Villa fan pays tribute to Atkinson by recreating his most famous goal

One Villa fan paid an amazing tribute to their former striker by recreating his most famous goal out of Subbuteo.

Terry Lee, 34, a life long Villa fan from Luxulyan, in Cornwall spent nine hours painstakingly crafting the model showing Atkinson celebrating with teammates.

It immortalises the aftermath of Atkinson's wonder goal against Wimbledon in 1992 and shows strike partner Dean Saunders jumping on his back.

Midfielder Roy Houghton can also be seen standing nearby, as well as the iconic fan with the umbrella.

One of my earliest memories as a fan was seeing this goal.

After what happened yesterday I just wanted to pay tribute to him in the best way I knew how.

I have done lots of different celebrations and moments in football but this one might be the most personal to me being a Villa fan.

It usually takes me about two days to make one but I managed to do this in one day.

He was a great striker, one of the best we ever had. It is really tragic.

– Terry Lee


Villa fans to pay tribute to Atkinson with minute long applause

Aston Villa will pay tribute to the club's former striker Dalian Atkinson by holding a minute’s applause in the 10th minute of the match against Huddersfield.

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The 10th minute applause coincides with the shirt number he wore for most of his claret and blue career.

As an added extra, several members of the fan squad will hold up umbrellas at various locations around the stadium during the tribute to commemorate the fantastic celebration that accompanied his cracker against the Dons.

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Tasered Dalian Atkinson had 'weak heart'

Fabian Atkinson Credit: PA

A relative of retired football star Dalian Atkinson has said he had a "weak heart" and claimed police would not have Tasered him if they had known his medical history.

Fabian Atkinson said his uncle had recently battled through kidney problems, undergoing dialysis.

Mr Atkinson, who last saw the ex-footballer three weeks ago, said: "He had some health issues that he was trying to get through and that's why his heart was weak.

"When a Taser is deployed, as soon as a Taser is deployed, they need to automatically call an ambulance. How do they know the health of the guy or the girl that they are affecting?"

He said his uncle was a compassionate person and agreed with descriptions of him as a "gentle giant" who had inspired others and wanted them to do well in life.

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