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New Ian Tomlinson photos show police contact before video clash


Ian Tomlinson at 7.08pm on 1 April

Ian Tomlinson at 7.08pm on 1 April. New photographs have emerged showing Ian Tomlinson in contact with police near a cordon at the G20 protests a short time before he died.

The three images add to suspicions that Tomlinson had repeated contact with police before he was hit with a baton and pushed to the ground by an officer, as shown in footage obtained by the Guardian last week.

Tomlinson, a 47-year-old newspaper vendor, collapsed and died about 15 minutes after the attack, which happened at about 7.20pm on 1 April.

The new photographs, which were taken by an IT worker from the City of London, appear to show a minor altercation with police. The amateur photographer handed his images to a publicist, Jonathan Hartley, who passed them to the Guardian.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has launched a criminal investigation into Tomlinson's death, has previously said CCTV footage showed Tomlinson walking up King William Street after 7pm and approaching a police cordon opposite the Bank of England.

"It is believed he wanted to get through the cordon to continue his walk home from work," the IPCC said of that incident. "Police officers refused to let him through."

The new set of pictures was taken around the corner, on Lombard Street. Police with riot shields had formed a cordon opposite the Bank of England.

The first image, above, was taken at 7.08pm and shows Tomlinson with a cigarette in his mouth, apparently in conversation with police. He is standing near a police van.

The IT worker who took the photos said he saw Tomlinson standing in the road as the van approached. Tomlinson appeared to be in the way and did not move.

"The police van nudged the back of his legs it was nothing hard, he wasn't knocked off balance or anything like that," he said. "He wasn't saying or doing anything wrong. He was doing no different to what we were doing he was just stood on the side."

The second image was taken approximately two minutes later, at 7.10pm, and shows an officer with Tomlinson on the pavement. The officer's glove appears to be close to Tomlinson's jaw. The third image, taken seconds later, shows Tomlinson with his back to the officer.

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