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A jury at Birmingham Crown Court has found PC Ellie Bettley-Smith not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the death of Dalian Atkinson.

PCC John Campion has issued the following statement:

PCC John Campion said: “My thoughts continue to be with Dalian Atkinson’s family and friends, I can’t imagine the pain they have gone through during what will no doubt have continued to be an incredibly challenging time.  

“While the jury has determined the outcome of this trial, as PCC I recognise the ongoing impact this incident has had and continues to have on West Mercia’s communities, particularly in Telford. I reaffirm my commitment to ensuring relationships between communities and police are strengthened.”