Ian Tomlinson's Docklands family launch a campaign fund
THE FAMILY of news vendor Ian Tomlinson who died after he was struck by a police officer following the G20 protests have launched a campaign fund to challenge a decision not to prosecute the officer. The director of Public Prosecutions Keith Starmer ru
THE FAMILY of news vendor Ian Tomlinson who died after he was struck by a police officer following the G20 protests have launched a campaign fund to challenge a decision not to prosecute the officer.
The director of Public Prosecutions Keith Starmer ruled yesterday that the policeman involved will not face charges but Mr Tomlinson's Docklands based family are planning to appeal the decision.
A statement on the family's website said: "There is still a long road ahead in the fight for justice and the Fund will help the Tomlinson family to make decisions about the direction of the campaign without always having to worry about the financial costs, especially when the emotional ones are tough enough already."
Mr Tomlinson's son Paul King said: "After 16 months of waiting, to hear nothing is being done is a complete joke. Today they gave us no hope. This experience has broken our family apart. The DPP has told us there was an unlawful act, yet no charges are to be brought. This is no justice - everyone has failed us."
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Mr Tomlinson who lived near Smithfield was on his way home from work as a news vendor when he got caught up in the police operation to clear the street of G20 protestors near the Royal Exchange in the City.
He played no part in the G20 protests and the incident involving the police officer was captured on film.
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Cheques for the fighting fund can be sent to Ian Tomlinson Family Campaign
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