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Mark Duggan shooting: Coroner threatens IPCC over delays

KILLED: Mark Duggan

A CORONER has ordered the Independent Police Complaints Commission [IPCC] to release material he requested relating to the death of Mark Duggan - or risk being held in contempt of court, a pre-inquest hearing was told today.

IPCC barrister Robin Tam QC was attacked by Coroner Andrew Walker for refusing to hand over copies of key witness statements.

He has since set a new deadline for the police watchdog after feeling "undermined" by their failure to do so already.

Walker, who described the IPCC's reluctance as "extraordinary", claims to have only seen statements from members of the Met's special armed police unit CO19 who were at the scene of the fatal shooting in Tottenham, on 4 August last year.

"I am being told, if I understand it correctly, that I am not being given copies of the statements and evidence [the IPCC] have gathered until they choose to give it," Walker said.

"My statutory obligation is being undermined, is that not a contempt of court?" he added.

'Utterly unacceptable'

Responding to the remarks IPCC, Mr Tam, claimed the delays have been caused because they want to disclose all of the evidence and statements gathered at the same time, arguing that it would be "dangerous" to provide the material separately.

He said: "Further significant evidence has come to light which is being worked on."

The lawyer for Mark Duggan's family, Michael Mansfield QC, said the IPCC's position was "utterly unacceptable".

Duggan's fatal shooting sparked protests in Tottenham, which developed into widespread looting and rioting across the country.

A review has been scheduled to take place in October to determine if an inquest or an inquiry will take place over his death.

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