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Mark Duggan: Angry protests in Tottenham last night

SHOCK AND ANGER: The aunt of Mark Duggan, Carole Duggan, centre, with other family and friends protest outside of Tottenham police station (PA)

AN ANGRY protest broke out outside Tottenham police station, north London, after an inquest jury decided that police had lawfully killed father-of-six Mark Duggan, who was unarmed.

Duggan’s aunt Carol joined the 50-strong crowd to vent outrage at the inquest conclusion.

Some carried posters reading: “Justice for Mark Duggan,” while others yelled “no Justice, no peace.”

According to media reports, the demonstration was largely subdued but one reporter was hit in the face as members of the press tried to access the family.

The gathering follows an afternoon of protest which began with outrage from Duggan family and friends in court when the verdict was announced.

Police were lined up outside the station in case trouble kicked off, as groups of men in hoodies joined the crowd.

One man was reported to have said he was planning “unrest” in the Broadwater Farm area.

But the pastor who had presided over Duggan’s funeral, Reverend Nims Obunge, from the Freedom’s Ark Church, called for calm and peace.

Speaking on behalf of the family he said: “The message that I have from the family is that no unrest comes out of this verdict today.”

Duggan was killed in 2011 after being followed by officers who believed he planned to pick up a gun from another man, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, and then move on to Broadwater Farm, also in Tottenham.

Yesterday jurors at the Royal Courts of Justice concluded that he had been lawfully killed by police.

They decided that he did have a gun but it was not in his hand when he was shot.

There were emotional outbursts at the court when the conclusion was given, with Duggan's brother shouting after the jurors as they left court, saying "f**k them".

Other supporters shouted "murderers" while another was heard to say "A black life ain't worth nothing."

The jury concluded that Duggan had a gun in the taxi with him before it was stopped, and by a majority of nine to one that it was more likely than not that he had thrown it onto a grassy area near the scene as soon as the car was halted.

Duggan’s death sparked widespread rioting in the summer of 2011.

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