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Police who Tasered former footballer may face charges

GONE: Dalian Atkinson on the pitch back in 1991

IN AUGUST 2016 the football fraternity suffered a blow as they learnt of the death of former Premier League player Dalian Atkinson, after he had been Tasered by police in Telford, Shropshire, who may have to answer to criminal charges soon.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have almost concluded their investigation into the conduct of the officers, whose actions, it appear, caused Atkinson, then 48, to suffer a fatal heart attack.

Three officers from West Mercia Police have been interviewed under criminal caution and have been served with gross misconduct notices.

The IPCC have gathered evidence from 15 other police officer witnesses and have also spoken with over 15 additional civilian witnesses.

IPCC Commissioner, Derrick Campbell told reporters:

"At the conclusion of our independent investigation I will consider whether to refer our investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service to make a decision on any potential charges against police officers. A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow. The report will also consider whether any officers should, in the view of the IPCC, face misconduct proceedings.

"We will share our finished report with HM Coroner, Mr. Atkinson’s family and West Mercia Police. We have been keeping the interested parties as informed as we can throughout our enquiries. I am grateful for the patience shown by all concerned during the course of this rightly thorough investigation."

Atkinson left behind a father and three siblings and has been publicly mourned by mum-of-two Demi Kelsall who is thought to be Atkinson's daughter and is in touch with the family, despite being denied by the late footballer, who played for Aston Villa, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich.

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