Statement on the conviction of PC Ben Monk for the manslaughter of Dalian Atkinson
Following the conviction of PC Ben Monk for the manslaughter of Dalian Atkinson, Councillor Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council offers his condolences and support to Dalian's family and community.
Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said:
“Dalian Atkinson was known across the country as a talented Premier League footballer, but he was also a valued member of our community and a famous son of Telford.
“Nothing I can say will ease the pain that his family have felt over the course of the investigation and their frustration around the criminal justice system. They have acted with true dignity and respect and have allowed the judicial process to run its course. All they wanted was for the truth to be known about the circumstances surrounding Dalian’s death.
“From the outset we have been in contact with members of Dalian’s family. I once again offer them my sincere condolences and the commitment that we will be here to support them as they begin to heal and move forward with their lives.
“I am sure that people in our community and local police colleagues will feel shock and anger around PC Ben Monks’ conviction for manslaughter.
“As a council, we have acted as an independent mediator supporting the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) throughout the investigation process to ensure communication between them and members of the community remains open and honest, allowing questions to be asked and answered.
“As part of Dalian’s legacy, it is vital that the Government and other agencies take action on the issues that his case has highlighted –the length of time it has taken for his case to be put before a jury, the issues of police training and culture and the need for improved mental health support.
“Our Trusted Panel, a group of council leaders and representatives from police, health and community groups will continue to respond swiftly to concerns raised by our residents and ensure that Telford and Wrekin is a fair, inclusive and safe place for all.”