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West Mercia Police continue to co-operate with IOPC following death of man in Telford

West Mercia Police is continuing to co-operate with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in their independent investigation into the death of a 48-year-old man in Telford.

Dalian Atkinson tragically died in the early hours of Monday 15 August after a Taser was deployed whilst police responded to an incident in Meadow Road, Trench. The incident was referred to the IOPC, as is mandatory with any death following police contact.

Two of the police officers involved in the incident, who are the subject of a criminal investigation by the IOPC, have been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the criminal investigation and internal proceedings.

A team from the IOPC, who are not part of the police or police officers, are conducting a criminal investigation from their offices in Birmingham into the circumstances surrounding Mr Atkinson's death. For more information about the IOPC see their website.

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said:

"I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dalian who are going through this traumatic time. I would like to reassure his family and the community that we will fully co-operate with the IOPC.

"We respect the position of the IOPC and have today suspended two officers from duty.

"We understand the need for answers when a tragedy like this occurs and we will provide the IOPC with all the information they need to ensure a rigorous and transparent investigation takes place. What is now important is to allow the IOPC time to conduct their independent investigation and not to speculate about what took place.

"Local policing Superintendent for Telford, Tom Harding has met with members of the community to offer reassurance and condolences at this difficult time. We want to ensure that the community are fully engaged with and listened to.

"My thoughts are with Dalian's family and friends, and all those affected."

Updated: 9:40pm Thursday 18 August, Emily Dixon, Corporate Communications

Issued: 6:28pm Thursday 18 August, Sophie Flynn, Corporate Communications

Published 18/08/16