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Prosecutors handed G20 death file


The file on the death of Ian Tomlinson by the IPCC will help prosecutors decide if there is a case

Prosecutors have been handed a file on the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in London in April.

They will look at documents and footage provided by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to decide whether to prosecute anyone.

Two post-mortem examinations found the 47-year-old's death may have been due to a heart attack or abdominal bleeding after he was pushed by a policeman.

Mr Tomlinson's widow Julia said it was a "relief to see some progress".

She expressed a hope that the CPS "will get the case in front of a jury as soon as possible".

Ian Tomlinson
Ian Tomlinson died after he was pushed over by a police officer

A third set of tests, carried out on behalf of the officer who allegedly pushed Mr Tomlinson over, has not yet been made public.

Mr Tomlinson, a newspaper seller, was not involved in the G20 demonstrations.

Video footage showed a policeman apparently hit him on the leg with a baton and push him over on 1 April.

Other images suggested that when Mr Tomlinson fell, he hit the ground with some force.

A police constable was interviewed under caution on suspicion of manslaughter and remains suspended.

The Crown Prosecution Service will now decide whether to press charges against that officer.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had been one of the largest investigations ever undertaken.

IPCC Commissioner for London Deborah Glass said: "Our investigators have worked tirelessly to complete this large and complex investigation as quickly and efficiently as possible and we will now wait for the CPS's decision as to whether a prosecution will be brought."

40 IPCC investigators
190 premises visited on CCTV trawl
Footage acquired from 220 cameras
In all, more than 1,200 hours of footage examined

In a statement, Ms Glass said much of the video evidence passed to the CPS was collected by members of the public on cameras or mobile phones.

Statements were taken from 193 members of the public, as well as police officers and medical experts, she added.

The IPCC worked with organisations specialising in computerised scene reconstruction, video enhancement and forensic testing.

A specialist team was also brought in to trawl the internet for associated footage and messages were posted on YouTube to ask owners of useful footage to contact the IPCC.

A second independent investigation is continuing into complaints made by Mr Tomlinson's family, including one about media coverage in the aftermath of his death.

Two other investigations are also now complete and files have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. They involve:

• A complaint from Nicola Fisher, 35 and from Brighton, alleging she was assaulted by a police officer on 2 April

• An allegation that another unnamed woman was assaulted by the same police officer on 1 April

A further independent investigation into an allegation that a 23-year-old woman was assaulted by officers on 1 April has also concluded and the report is being finalised.

A sixth case reported to the IPCC in which a 23-year-old man from London alleged an officer used excessive force against him is being handled by local police after he withdrew his complaint.

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