MPS statement: Ian Tomlinson inquest

03 May 2011

New Scotland Yard

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Rose Fitzpatrick, said:

"Over the last few weeks we have heard in detail the circumstances surrounding Mr Tomlinson's death and I wish to express my profound condolences to this family.

"It is a matter of deep regret that the actions of an MPS officer have been found to have caused the death of a member of the public.

"Policing major public order events is a challenging and difficult task. It has been demonstrated in this case that all police officers are accountable for their actions and we would not want it any other way.

"If someone dies following police contact it is only right their death is thoroughly investigated. It is in the best interests of all affected that the facts of what happened are fully established and the MPS has fully supported and cooperated with the independent IPCC investigations.

"PC Harwood will now be subject to misconduct proceedings and the Crown Prosecution Service will reconsider the case. It would therefore be inappropriate to say anything further at this point."