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Ian Tomlinson Death Inquest: Simon Harwood Is Here To Help The Family

by | 5th, April 2011

ONLY the Guardian leads with the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson . Its front-page headline tells us:

“Officer who shoved Tomlinson at G20 protests: ‘I feared for my life.”

The officer is PC Simon Harwood, part of the Met’s specialist Territorial Support Group. Mr Harwood is on trial. Indeed, the coroner Peter Thornton reminded him that he was under no obligation:

“I’m sure that you know, and no doubt will have been advised, that you are not obliged to answer any question tending to incriminate you. It may well be that I shall repeat that warning to you later.”

The family of Mr Tomlinson is sat in the public gallery at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in Fleet Street. Harwood begins by saying that he is here to help the family “.

“I’m very aware of that. I’m here as a witness to help with the inquest and also to give some sort of answers to help the family. So I’m here to answer questions, just to help.”

The Guardian’s David Sharrock and Paul Lewis hear snorts of derision in the public gallery ”. Mr Tomlinson’s son, Paul King leaves. He is soon followed by Tomlinson’s widow, Julia. Then several “tearful members of the family” leave.

Alison Hewitt, counsel for the

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