Police under criminal investigation over death of ex Sheffield Wednesday striker Dalian Atkinson

Ron Atkinson and Dalian Atkinson
Ron Atkinson and Dalian Atkinson

Two police officers are under criminal investigation over the death of former Sheffield Wednesday footballer Dalian Atkinson.

Atkinson died after being tasered following contact with two police officers on Monday near his father’s house in Telford.

Dalian Atkinson played for the Owls during the 1989-1990 season, scoring 10 goals in 38 appearances.

Today the Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced that a criminal investigation is underway relating to the two West Mercia Police officers.

The IPCC said : “Two West Mercia Police officers are under criminal investigation. This will be kept under review & doesn’t necessarily mean charges will follow.”

A post mortem exam was held on Wednesday, and the cause of death was found to be inconclusive.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “Having carefully considered the evidence gathered so far, we are undertaking a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Atkinson’s death and the level and type of force used.

Two police officers will be interviewed under criminal caution by IPCC investigators.

“As this is a criminal investigation, the IPCC is limited in the amount of information which can be released into the public domain.

!I would ask people to be patient during the progress of our investigation and not to add to speculation about the circumstances of Mr Atkinson’s death.

“Speculation across the media as a whole can risk prejudice to the investigation process.

“We will keep Mr Atkinson’s family updated and our thoughts remain with all of those affected by his death.”