Wednesday 28 September 2016

Dalian Atkinson was in a 'booze-fuelled' rage - Father

Published 15/08/2016 | 14:03

Aston Villa's Dalian Atkinson celebrates after scoring for Villa in 1992
Aston Villa's Dalian Atkinson celebrates after scoring for Villa in 1992

The dad of a former Premier League star who died after being tasered by police has said his son was "very agitated" and "upset" before someone called police.

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Speaking to the Birmingham Mail Ernest Atkinson (85) said the former Aston Villa star flew into a "booze-fuelled rage".

The 48-year-old, named locally as Dalian Atkinson, died around 90 minutes after he was hit by a stun gun in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, at around 1.30am on Monday.

Officers were called to the home amid concerns "for the safety of an individual", and a Taser was used.

Speaking from his home, Ernest Atkinson told the newspaper: "He [Dalian] was in a real state.

"I don’t know if he was drunk or on drugs but he was very agitated and his mind was upset.

"The last thing he said to me was ‘don’t move’ when the police came to the door.

"He was threatening and very upset. I didn’t call the police but someone else did.

"He got Tasered in the street outside in the road. I didn’t see him but I saw a flash. I haven’t had any sleep and cannot take it in.

"The police are dealing with this now."

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