New picture reveals head injury sustained by G20 victim before his death

(DailyMail/UK) – A photograph which reveals a head injury sustained by Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests before he died has emerged.The image shows the newspaper seller lying on the ground with what appears to be a large, livid wound or bruise on the right side of his forehead.The police watchdog is examining CCTV and pictures of the protests but refused to be drawn on the latest image.

Enlarge Ian Tomlinson

A new image has emerged revealing a head injury sustained by Ian Tomlinson after he was pushed by police

Asked today if it would form part of an investigation, an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) spokesman said: ‘We’re looking at lots of CCTV and images from various places, but we’re not going to give a running commentary on an ongoing criminal investigation.’

The picture comes just days after footage appeared showing Mr Tomlinson’s head hitting the pavement after he was violently pushed by a police officer.

The clip, which was handed to the Guardian newspaper and the IPCC shows the startling force with which his head appears to hit the ground.

And it seems to show the 47-year-old put up no resistance to the approaching police officers in the moments before he was hit and shoved to the ground.


The moment newspaper vendor Mr Tomlinson fell to the ground and hit his head

Witnesses say they heard a noise as Mr Tomlinson struck the ground. He was helped to his feet by passers-by and walked away.

The picture which reveals his head injury was taken three minutes later as police medics tried to revive him after he later collapsed.

Mr Tomlinson had been attempting to get home when he became caught up in the G20 protests.

A solicitor representing the officer caught on camera apparently pushing Mr Tomlinson requested a third post-mortem examination, which was carried out on Wednesday by a City of London coroner. The results have not yet been released.


Mr Tomlinson stands with his hands in his pockets as police lines advance towards the protesters

Ian Tomlinson is hit to the ground

Earlier footage handed to the IPCC shows Mr Tomlinson, 47, pushed to the floor during the G20 protests in London

The first examination, conducted by Dr Freddy Patel, found Mr Tomlinson died from a heart attack after he collapsed during the protests in the City on April 1.

But the second, carried out at the request of Mr Tomlinson’s family and the IPCC, rejected that finding.

The second pathologist, Dr Nat Carey, found he died from internal bleeding.

His conclusions prompted IPCC investigators to question the officer, a constable in the Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group (TSG) based in Lambeth, on suspicion of manslaughter.

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:18 PM on 24th April 2009

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