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Ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered by police

A 48-year-old man, who died after being shot with a Taser in Telford, Shropshire, has been named locally as former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Officer who Tasered Atkinson was not wearing body camera

Dalian Atkinson playing for Aston Villa in 1994 Credit: PA

The police officer who Tasered Dalian Atkinson was not wearing a body camera, the IPCC has said as it begins its investigation into his death.

None of the officers who attended the scene were wearing body cameras, the IPCC added.

IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: “I would like to assure people that we have begun a full and thorough investigation into police contact with Dalian Atkinson prior to his death, including the level and type of force used.

"Our investigation team have been securing and preserving relevant evidence, and identifying witnesses."

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