Ex-footballer died after being tasered and kicked by police officer, jury told - NationalWorld digital front page

Leading our front page tomorrow is the trial of police officer Benjamin Monk for the murder of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson

Our NationalWorld digital front page for 5 May
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A murder trial jury has heard how ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson died following being tasered and kicked in the head by an “angry” police officer.

West Mercia Police Constable Benjamin Monk is being tried at Birmingham Crown Court for the murder and manslaughter of the 48-year-old former Aston Villa striker.

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Monk denies the charges levelled at him. He is being tried alongside PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, who was present at the altercation in Telford, Shropshire.

The trial of police officer Benjamin Monk for the murder of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson leads our front page (NationalWorld)

Atkison, who had serious health problems, died following an altercation with Monk in 2016.

The officers were called to a disturbance at Atkinson’s father’s home around 1.30am on August 15, 2016.

The jury were told that Atkinson was tasered three times after coming to the door acting erratically, with the third attempt causing him to fall to the ground.

Prosecution then outlined how PC Monk continued to taser Atkinson and kicked him in the head. The trial continues.

How social media is fuelling dangerous diet trends

We also look into how social media is contributing to dangerous diet fads - including the “slim thick” body ideal made popular by the likes of Kim Kardashian.

Our writer Claire Schofield notes that while apps such as Instagram can be great for making connections, it has its drawbacks when it comes to health.

Of late, the platform has come under fire for failing to clamp down on accounts which have been promoting an unlicensed appetite drug called Apetamin, which is mainly targeted at young women and girls.

The drug has been promoted by social media influencers as a quick fix to get the desired “slim thick” body shape, which sees women have a very slim waist and curvaceous hips.

What’s more is the sale of Apetamin is illegal in the UK and it has not been approved for safe consumption by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - but it is widely available online.

NHS England has urged Instagram to clamp down on accounts which are selling or marketing the drug, with health leaders saying in an open letter they are concerned about the product’s impact on both physical and mental health.

BBC reveals stars who topped up their salaries through Zoom

We also look at the BBC’s new register, which has revealed the on-air stars who receive extra earnings from external sources.

Some high-profile personalities are earning more than £5,000 for hosting Zoom calls and speaking at events.

Those on the list include BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, Today Programme’s Justin Webb, Andrew Marr and Emily Maitlis.

It was revealed that both Walker and Webb had received more than £5,000 for appearances at non-BBC events.

But the BBC said that around 85 per cent of the appearances fell below £5,000, with half of these under £1,000.

Recently, the corporation has faced criticism for staff presenters including Naga Munchetty and North America editor Jon Sopel taking on paid work externally.