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Police officer charged with murder of ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson

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A police officer has been charged with the murder of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson who died after being tasered in 2016.

A second West Mercia Police constable has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The pair will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday afternoon.

Image: Aston Villa supporters paid tribute to Dalian Atkinson following the death of their former striker

They cannot be named as lawyers are applying for them to remain anonymous.

The first police officer has also been charged with unlawful act manslaughter as an alternative offence, which a jury may consider if it finds the more serious charge has not been proved, the CPS added.

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Atkinson died in August 15, 2016 after being tasered during an incident near his father's home in the Trench area of Telford.

The retired 48-year-old, who also played for Ipswich and Sheffield, went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance on his way to hospital and medics were unable to help him.

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At the time, West Mercia Police said officers were called over concerns "for the safety of an individual".

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Image: Dalian Atkinson tributes were left outside Villa Park

Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS' Special Crime and counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following the death of Dalian Atkinson in Telford on 15 August 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised a charge of murder against a West Mercia police constable.

"A second police constable, from the same force, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH).

"Mr Atkinson's family has been informed.

"This decision was made following a careful review of all the evidence presented to us by the Independent Office for Police Conduct following an investigation."

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