Dalian Atkinson: Police officer charged with murder of former Premier League footballer.

A police officer has been charged with murdering Dalian Atkinson, the former Aston Villa footballer.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed to The Independent that one constable from West Mercia Police had been charged with murder.

The officer is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court later today.

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A second officer is also facing criminal charges, understood to be short of murder.

Atkinson, 48, died in August 2016 after being tasered outside his father’s home in Telford.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement to announce the general election at Downing Street in London, Britain

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Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson speaking at the launch of their general election campaign at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London

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Pelicans in St James's Park in central London

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Dancers perform a mass Ghoomar dance during Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square, London

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Campaigners listen as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon addresses a rally calling for Scottish independence in Glasgow

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Police and recovery workers remove a damaged bus from the scene of a crash in Sevenoaks Road, south-east London. A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a person died and 15 others were injured

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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gestures as launches the party's election campaign in south London. Britain will go to the polls on December 12

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joins Alyn Smith, the SNP's candidate for Stirling, at the Made in Stirling Store and Creative Hub, during the general election campaign trail

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A 1264 locomotive travels through an autumn scene along the North York Moors National Park

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Paul Hayes of Lower Lydbrook ferries children to dry land after the River Wye burst its banks flooding the Gloucestershire village

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England fans celebrate after their side beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semi-final match in Japan. Eddie Jones’s side won 19-7

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Meerkats at Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling, investigate a carved pumpkin as the park celebrates national pumpkin day on Saturday October 26.

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A giant inflatable monster, created by artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, is unveiled in Manchester ahead of the city's annual halloween celebrations

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Thirty-nine bodies have been found in a lorry container in Essex, police have said. The discovery of 38 adults and one teenager was made at an industrial estate in Thurrock. Police said they believed the lorry had come from Bulgaria and entered the UK at Holyhead, in Wales, on Saturday. Essex Police said it had launched a murder investigation after its officers were called to Waterglade Industrial Park, in Grays, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A 25-year-old-man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder

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Ships out at sea before the sun rises off the coast of Whitley Bay, Northumberland

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Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. The messy display is the culmination of a weekend of festivities where first years say thank you to their more senior student "parents" for mentoring them

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Wales players celebrate after beating France in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Japan. Warren Gatland’s side had to battle after France’s fast start but capitalised on their rivals’ ill discipline to squeeze into the semi-finals, 20-19

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People gather in London to join the Final Say march for a people's vote

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Protesters on Whitehall in London during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson shake hands during a news conference after agreeing on a Brexit deal, in Brussels

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A man walks his dog through the fallen leaves in Clarkes Gardens, Allerton in Liverpool

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Police officers carry away an activist as Extinction Rebellion protesters block a road with a caravan in central London

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Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Charles on the Sovereign's throne ahead of delivering the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament

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Great Britain's Joe Fraser competes on Parallel Bars during the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He claimed GB's second gold with his victory. The 20-year-old from Birmingham nailed his routine to score 15.0 then watched as a series of rivals failed to live up to his total

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St Helens players celebrate with the trophy after they won the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford in Manchester. They beat Salford Red Devils 23-6

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Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Tehran since 2016, holds his daughter Gabriella during a news conference in London. Their five-year-old daughter has arrived back in Britain, after making the "bittersweet" decision to bring her home

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor. Their meeting focused on further Brexit proposals

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Wales survived an almighty scare against Fiji to secure quarter-final spot at the rugby world cup. Warren Gatland’s side recovered from a 10-0 deficit thanks to a hat-trick from Josh Adams

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Protesters dubbed the Red Rebels at Millbank at the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in Westminster

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Final preparations are made in front of a reproduction of Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgement', ahead of the opening of for the 'Michelangelo: A Different View' exhibition at Hull Minister

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A car drives through a flooded street in Whitley Bay in Northumberland

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Thousands took to the streets of Edinburgh today to march in support of a second Scottish independence referendum

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A 12ft sculpture of a gorilla, entitled 'Gorilla Apocalypse', created by Luke Kite entirely from scrap car bumpers and panels discarded in the last decade is on display at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire

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Police stands in front of the Treasury building during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London

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Ex-Thomas Cook employees demonstrate in London after delivering a petition calling for a full inquiry into Thomas Cook's collapse and for the company's directors to pay back their bonuses

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A road in Alum Rock, Birmingham is flooded after persistent heavy rain

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Two tourists pose for pictures in front of Union and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London

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A sheep on London Bridge as Freemen of the City of London took up their historic entitlement to drive sheep over the bridge, which was once London's only river crossing

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An Aldabra giant tortoise is fed watermelon as a treat at the Malvern Autumn Show, at the Three Counties Showground near Malvern in Worcestershire

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Gallery assistants pose with an artwork entitled 'Devolved Parliament' by British artist Banksy, during a press view in London ahead of Sotheby's contemporary art sale, as part of the Frieze Art Fair

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England's Jonathan Joseph is tackled by United State's Marcel Brache during their group match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. England scored seven tries on their way to winning 45-7

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A person dressed as a caricature of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a prison uniform stands outside the Supreme Court after it ruled that his decision to suspend Parliament was illegal

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Thomas Cook aircraft are parked up at Manchester Airport on the day they collapsed after rescue talks failed. A total of 22,000 jobs - including 9,000 in UK - are to be lost following administration. More than 150,000 British holidaymakers need to be brought home, with the government and CAA hiring dozens of charter planes to fly customers home free of charge

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Fire performer Penella Bee performs before people take part in the North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay in Nothumberland, an annual event that marks the Autumn Equinox and raises money for MIND - the Mental Health Charity

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Protesters gather for a march and rally organised by "The People's Vote" in Brighton, to call for politicians to give the public a final say referendum on Brexit

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Protesters in London joined millions across world to demand urgent action to save planet in the largest environmental protest in history

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Rapper Dave poses with the Mercury Prize: Albums of the Year Award at Apollo

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A surfer in action during sunrise at Tynemouth on the north east coast

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Protesters dressed as the Incredible Hulk and Robocop outside the Supreme Court in London where judges are due to consider legal challenges to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament. The Supreme Court will hear appeals over three days from two separate challenges to the prorogation of Parliament brought in England and Scotland

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement to announce the general election at Downing Street in London, Britain

REUTERS

5 November 2019

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Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson speaking at the launch of their general election campaign at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London

PA

4 November 2019

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Pelicans in St James's Park in central London

AFP via Getty

3 November 2019

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Dancers perform a mass Ghoomar dance during Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square, London

Reuters

2 November 2019

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Campaigners listen as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon addresses a rally calling for Scottish independence in Glasgow

AFP via Getty

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Police and recovery workers remove a damaged bus from the scene of a crash in Sevenoaks Road, south-east London. A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a person died and 15 others were injured

PA

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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gestures as launches the party's election campaign in south London. Britain will go to the polls on December 12

AFP via Getty

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joins Alyn Smith, the SNP's candidate for Stirling, at the Made in Stirling Store and Creative Hub, during the general election campaign trail

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A 1264 locomotive travels through an autumn scene along the North York Moors National Park

PA

28 October 2019

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Paul Hayes of Lower Lydbrook ferries children to dry land after the River Wye burst its banks flooding the Gloucestershire village

PA

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Cosplayers during the third day of London's Comic Con

PA

26 October 2019

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England fans celebrate after their side beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semi-final match in Japan. Eddie Jones’s side won 19-7

PA

25 October 2019

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Meerkats at Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling, investigate a carved pumpkin as the park celebrates national pumpkin day on Saturday October 26.

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24 October 2019

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A giant inflatable monster, created by artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, is unveiled in Manchester ahead of the city's annual halloween celebrations

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23 October 2019

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Thirty-nine bodies have been found in a lorry container in Essex, police have said. The discovery of 38 adults and one teenager was made at an industrial estate in Thurrock. Police said they believed the lorry had come from Bulgaria and entered the UK at Holyhead, in Wales, on Saturday. Essex Police said it had launched a murder investigation after its officers were called to Waterglade Industrial Park, in Grays, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A 25-year-old-man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder

PA

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Ships out at sea before the sun rises off the coast of Whitley Bay, Northumberland

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Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. The messy display is the culmination of a weekend of festivities where first years say thank you to their more senior student "parents" for mentoring them

PA

20 October 2019

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Wales players celebrate after beating France in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Japan. Warren Gatland’s side had to battle after France’s fast start but capitalised on their rivals’ ill discipline to squeeze into the semi-finals, 20-19

Reuters

19 October 2019

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People gather in London to join the Final Say march for a people's vote

Angela Christofilou/The Independent

18 October 2019

20/51 18 October 2019

Protesters on Whitehall in London during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest

PA

17 October 2019

21/51 17 October 2019

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson shake hands during a news conference after agreeing on a Brexit deal, in Brussels

Reuters

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A man walks his dog through the fallen leaves in Clarkes Gardens, Allerton in Liverpool

PA

15 October 2019

23/51 15 October 2019

Police officers carry away an activist as Extinction Rebellion protesters block a road with a caravan in central London

Reuters

14 October 2019

24/51 14 October 2019

Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Charles on the Sovereign's throne ahead of delivering the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament

AFP

13 October 2019

25/51 13 October 2019

Great Britain's Joe Fraser competes on Parallel Bars during the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He claimed GB's second gold with his victory. The 20-year-old from Birmingham nailed his routine to score 15.0 then watched as a series of rivals failed to live up to his total

Getty

12 October 2019

26/51 12 October 2019

St Helens players celebrate with the trophy after they won the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford in Manchester. They beat Salford Red Devils 23-6

PA

11 October 2019

27/51 11 October 2019

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Tehran since 2016, holds his daughter Gabriella during a news conference in London. Their five-year-old daughter has arrived back in Britain, after making the "bittersweet" decision to bring her home

AFP/Getty

10 October 2019

28/51 10 October 2019

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor. Their meeting focused on further Brexit proposals

EPA/Noel Mullen

9 October 2019

29/51 9 October 2019

Wales survived an almighty scare against Fiji to secure quarter-final spot at the rugby world cup. Warren Gatland’s side recovered from a 10-0 deficit thanks to a hat-trick from Josh Adams

AFP/Getty

8 October 2019

30/51 8 October 2019

Protesters dubbed the Red Rebels at Millbank at the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in Westminster

PA

7 October 2019

31/51 7 October 2019

Final preparations are made in front of a reproduction of Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgement', ahead of the opening of for the 'Michelangelo: A Different View' exhibition at Hull Minister

PA

6 October 2019

32/51 6 October 2019

A car drives through a flooded street in Whitley Bay in Northumberland

PA

5 October 2019

33/51 5 October 2019

Thousands took to the streets of Edinburgh today to march in support of a second Scottish independence referendum

EPA

4 October 2019

34/51 4 October 2019

A 12ft sculpture of a gorilla, entitled 'Gorilla Apocalypse', created by Luke Kite entirely from scrap car bumpers and panels discarded in the last decade is on display at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire

PA

3 October 2019

35/51 3 October 2019

Police stands in front of the Treasury building during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London

Reuters

2 October 2019

36/51 2 October 2019

Ex-Thomas Cook employees demonstrate in London after delivering a petition calling for a full inquiry into Thomas Cook's collapse and for the company's directors to pay back their bonuses

AFP/Getty

1 October 2019

37/51 1 October 2019

A road in Alum Rock, Birmingham is flooded after persistent heavy rain

PA

30 September 2019

38/51 30 September 2019

Two tourists pose for pictures in front of Union and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London

PA

29 September 2019

39/51 29 September 2019

A sheep on London Bridge as Freemen of the City of London took up their historic entitlement to drive sheep over the bridge, which was once London's only river crossing

PA

28 September 2019

40/51 28 September 2019

An Aldabra giant tortoise is fed watermelon as a treat at the Malvern Autumn Show, at the Three Counties Showground near Malvern in Worcestershire

PA

27 September 2019

41/51 27 September 2019

Gallery assistants pose with an artwork entitled 'Devolved Parliament' by British artist Banksy, during a press view in London ahead of Sotheby's contemporary art sale, as part of the Frieze Art Fair

AFP/Getty

26 September 2019

42/51 26 September 2019

England's Jonathan Joseph is tackled by United State's Marcel Brache during their group match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. England scored seven tries on their way to winning 45-7

Reuters

25 September 2019

43/51 25 September 2019

Tributes for former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen at Ibrox Stadium. Today, the funeral procession will pass Ibrox Stadium before making the journey to Wellington Church

PA

24 September 2019

44/51 24 September 2019

A person dressed as a caricature of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a prison uniform stands outside the Supreme Court after it ruled that his decision to suspend Parliament was illegal

AFP/Getty

23 September 2019

45/51 23 September 2019

Thomas Cook aircraft are parked up at Manchester Airport on the day they collapsed after rescue talks failed. A total of 22,000 jobs - including 9,000 in UK - are to be lost following administration. More than 150,000 British holidaymakers need to be brought home, with the government and CAA hiring dozens of charter planes to fly customers home free of charge

Getty

22 September 2019

46/51 22 September 2019

Fire performer Penella Bee performs before people take part in the North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay in Nothumberland, an annual event that marks the Autumn Equinox and raises money for MIND - the Mental Health Charity

PA

21 September 2019

47/51 21 September 2019

Protesters gather for a march and rally organised by "The People's Vote" in Brighton, to call for politicians to give the public a final say referendum on Brexit

AFP/Getty

20 September 2019

48/51 20 September 2019

Protesters in London joined millions across world to demand urgent action to save planet in the largest environmental protest in history

Angela Christofilou/The Independent

19 September 2019

49/51 19 September 2019

Rapper Dave poses with the Mercury Prize: Albums of the Year Award at Apollo

Getty

18 September 2019

50/51 18 September 2019

A surfer in action during sunrise at Tynemouth on the north east coast

PA

17 September 2019

51/51 17 September 2019

Protesters dressed as the Incredible Hulk and Robocop outside the Supreme Court in London where judges are due to consider legal challenges to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament. The Supreme Court will hear appeals over three days from two separate challenges to the prorogation of Parliament brought in England and Scotland

PA

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