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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Simon Harwood cleared of Ian Tomlinson manslaughter

Police officer Simon Harwood was today cleared of killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests as concerns about previous allegations of violence emerged.

Pc Harwood, 45, shoved the 47-year-old father of nine, from behind and then hit him with his baton, causing him to fall heavily to the ground.

Minutes later, Mr Tomlinson collapsed and died on the street.

The act was described by the prosecution as a “gratuitous act of violence by an officer whose blood was up.”

However, the jury of five men and seven women returned a not-guilty verdict after 18 hours and 45 minutes of deliberation, prompting Mr Tomlinson's widow, Julia, to break down and walk from Southwark Crown Court.

The officer sat emotionless in the dock then began crying as the Tomlinson family left the room and his wife Helen sobbed and texted others on her mobile. As he was released, still sobbing, he hugged his wife. Read More