Medics battled in vain to save life of ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker

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Hospital doctors battled in vain for 35 minutes to save ex-Sheffield Wednesday footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was shot with a police Taser, a coroner has heard

Medics carried out CPR for more than half an hour after officers tasered him in the early hours of August 15 in the street where grew up in Telford, Shropshire.

There had been a disturbance at the retired footballer's elderly father's house.

Atkinson's brother, Kenroy, 53, claimed the ex-striker, who played for Sheffield Wednesday during the 1989-90 season, had threatened to kill their father, Ernest, 85.

At the opening of an inquest into the death, coroner's officer Julie Hartridge said West Mercia Police officers were called following a 'report of concern for safety'.

She told coroner John Ellery: "Shortly after being given Taser, Dalian Atkinson became unresponsive.

"At hospital, following 35 minutes of CPR, he was confirmed deceased."

The death of the footballer is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Two West Mercia Police officers are suspended pending the outcome of the probe.

A full inquest is to be held in November.