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IPCC investigation following death of Dalian Atkinson

IPCC Investigators are at the scene gathering information Credit: Tony Harris / PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of a 48 year old man, reported to be Dalian Atkinson in Telford. In a statement the IPCC said:

At this stage the IPCC is aware a Taser was used on the man before he became ill...

IPCC Investigators are at the scene gathering the available information and are attending the post incident procedures to supervise the recovery of initial evidence.

The IPCC is conducting a full and thorough investigation into all of the circumstances surrounding his death including the use of force.

– The Independent Police Complaints Commission


Anniversary appeal for information into mystery death of man found by M54

The remains of the father of three was found close to the M54 last year. Credit: West Midlands Police

Detectives are renewing their appeal for information a year after the remains of a man from Oldbury, who had been missing since 2008, were found close to the M54 in Shropshire.

Surjit Takhar was 37 when he was reported missing from his home in October 2008. He was last seen by his family nine days before and a detailed investigation was carried out at the time of his disappearance.

Nearly seven years later maintenance workers found his remains at the bottom of an embankment next to the slip road of junction 4 of the M54 in Telford on 20 August 2015.

Now detectives are re-appealing for information which will help uncover how the father if three died.

Man who died after being Tasered by police reported as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson

Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson died after he was Tasered by police in Telford Credit: PA

A 48-year-old man who died after he was Tasered by police in Telford early on Monday (15th August) has been named locally as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson.

West Mercia Police have confirmed that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at around 1:30am today.

Picture from the scene of last night's disturbance in Meadow Close, Trench in Telford Credit: Paula Quinn

Upon arrival, a Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).


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Weekend Picks: Carnival of Giants

Carnival of Giants: Sat 16th July (Telford Town Park, Telford)

A GIANT parade will take place from 2pm Credit: Telford & Wrekin Council

This Saturday Telford Town Park will come alive with prehistoric dinosaurs as they take over the QEII Arena for the Carnival of Giants event.

A GIANT parade will take place from 2pm featuring 500 people, dino paraphernalia and unique dinosaurs.

The community stage spot will be host to local dance, music and performances. There will also be a dressing up box, a craft marquee, sports, activities, food stalls, a large fun fair, and carnival games.

The interest in Carnival of Giants has been phenomenal and it’s easy to see why.

There is so much to do for all the family and everyone is sure to be amazed by the spectacular dinosaurs”.

– Councillor Liz Clare, Cabinet Member for Culture

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Police appeal for help after cat was shot

Police in Telford are appealing for help in finding the person who seriously injured a cat after shooting it with an airgun last week.

Bert was left seriously injured after being shot with a airgun Credit: West Mercia Police

3-year-old Bert had been missing for three days from his home in the Hollinswood area. He returned extensively bruised after being shot and kicked.

The black and white cat is now recovering at home after undergoing surgery to remove a pellet.

The offence has been reported to the RSPCA.

Appeal after woman raped in Telford

The incident happened near Trench Road Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was reportedly raped in Telford.

It happened on a pathway across a small field in between Trench Road and Lennox Road, opposite the old location of The Sutherland School between 10pm and midnight yesterday (Wednesday 8th June).

Detectives are conducting forensic searches of the area and conducting house to house enquiries.

The scene of the offence has been identified within walking distance of the Duke of York pub, given the time the offence took place I would urge anyone who was in the pub yesterday evening to come forward to police.

Similarly anyone who was in the local area visiting pubs or food outlets between the hours of 10pm and midnight is urged to get in touch; you could hold key information to assist us in identifying who is responsible.

– West Mercia Appeal
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