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Ex Aston Villa Footballer Dies After Police Shoot Him With A Taser

A 48-year-old man who died after being Tasered by police in the early hours of this morning has been named locally as former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson.

Officers from West Mercia Police had been called to a home in Telford at around 1.30am this morning amid concerns ‘for the safety of an individual’.

When they arrived, a Taser was used on a 48-year-old man. He received medical attention but was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

The 48-year-old man who died after being Tasered by police has been named locally as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson (pictured in August 1992)

The 48-year-old man who died after being Tasered by police has been named locally as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson (pictured in August 1992)

West Mercia Police said the force was unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as per normal procedure.

The force said it would assist the IPCC with their enquiries.The incident follows the death of ex-soldier Spencer Beynon in June. He was Tasered by police in Llanelli, South Wales, after stabbing a dog and then himself.

Friends said he had suffered mental health problems after leaving the military.

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 per cent rise on the previous year.

Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3741176/Man-38-dies-police-shoot-Taser-Telford.html

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