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Retired Black English Footballer, Dalian Atkinson Killed By British Police

Former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot with a Taser by police, according to reports.

The ex-soccer star was named locally as the 48-year-old who died following the police operation in Telford.

Officers from West Mercia Police raced to the scene after receiving reports that people were concerned for the safety of a person in Telford.

Police were called at around 1.30am this morning to a home in the area.

As they arrived, a Taser was used and the man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

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The man apparently died around 90 minutes after receiving medical treatment.

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

Last year police use of Tasers, which are intended as a non-lethal weapon, went up slightly towards the end of 2015 with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales, a 2% rise on the previous year.

However, of those, 19% (1,921) were discharges – a decrease of 3% from the previous year.

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