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Calm urged over riot deaths verdict

By Matthew Cooper

The father of one of three friends who died during last summer's riots has joined a judge in appealing for calm after eight men were acquitted of their murders.

As Birmingham police pledged to step up patrols after yesterday's not guilty verdicts, it emerged that the detective who led the triple murder inquiry is facing an inquiry into allegations that he lied on oath.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was investigating the conduct of Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Tagg, who led the inquiry into the deaths of Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir.

The three men, all from the Winson Green area, died after being hit by a Mazda car as they tried to protect local shops from looters last August. The Crown alleged the men were murdered in the modern-day equivalent of a “chariot charge” involving the Mazda and two other cars, but a jury took just four hours to unanimously acquit eight men of murder.

After the verdicts, Haroon Jahan's father, Tariq Jahan, issued a statement on behalf of both families urging the community to remain calm.

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