Inquest to be opened into death of ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker

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An inquest is to be opened into the death of a former Sheffield Wednesday player who was shot with a police Taser.

Dalian Atkinson, aged 48, suffered a heart attack 90 minutes after he was Tasered in the street where he grew up in Telford, Shropshire, in the early hours of August 15.

The Coroner for Shropshire is set to open the inquest tomorrow.

The retired striker's death is also being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which said it would carry out 'a full and thorough' inquiry.

Two police officers are currently suspended.

Last Thursday, the IPCC announced that the officers were 'under criminal investigation' and that they had also been served with gross misconduct notices.

The watchdog has said it will look into the level and type of force used during the incident.

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Relatives of Mr Atkinson said the retired footballer, who was working as a football agent, was 'not in his right mind' when police were called.

His brother, Kenroy, 53, said he was 'in a manic state and depressed' at the time of the incident.

He claimed his brother had attacked their 85-year-old father, Ernest.

West Mercia Police said officers were called amid concerns 'for the safety of an individual'.

Mr Atkinson played for Sheffield Wednesday in the 1989-90 season alongside striker David Hirst.