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Policeman apologises at Ian Tomlinson death inquest

The police officer who pushed over Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in 2009 apologised in court to the man's family yesterday for “any way” that he might have caused his death.

Giving evidence at the inquest into the 47-year-old's death, PC Simon Harwood said: “If it is the case that in any way I have caused Mr Tomlinson's death, I am very sorry.”

The officer said he had pushed Mr Tomlinson to encourage him to move away from police lines and was amazed when he fell to the ground. He was helped to his feet but collapsed about 100 yards further on and died.

PC Harwood said that Mr Tomlinson had already been pushed away by another officer and had been bitten by a police dog. He denied using unreasonable or excessive force.

Matthew Ryder QC, counsel for the dead man’s family, accused Mr Tomlinson of being “willing to be evasive and to lie”, which the officer denied.

The inquest continues.

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