CPS to review Ian Tomlinson decision

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The Director of Public Prosecutions is to review the decision not to prosecute Pc Simon Harwood for his role in the G20 protest death of Ian Tomlinson.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the review would take place as quickly as possible.

A spokesman said: "The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, made it clear last year that the decision not to prosecute anyone in relation to the death of Mr Ian Tomlinson would be reviewed in light of the evidence heard at the inquest.

"That review will now take place and will be thorough."

The review will consider information that emerged about Mr Tomlinson's death during the inquest.

The CPS spokesman said: "It will take into account all of the evidence now available, including any new evidence that emerged at the inquest, the issues left by the coroner to the jury and the conclusions they reached.

"The review will be conducted as quickly as is compatible with the care and rigour required in a thorough exercise.

"It accords with our usual practice and the Attorney General's review into deaths in custody published in 2003."