THE POLICE officer who shot Mark Duggan said he is “100 per cent sure” Duggan had a gun in his hand, claiming he fired at the Tottenham resident in self-defence.
His evidence follows the testimony of a taxi driver yesterday, in which the cabbie claimed he did not see anything in Duggan’s hand or a gun flying when he was shot.
The officer, referred to as V53, spoke at the inquest into Duggan’s death at the Royal Courts of Justice; in a room that was closed off to the press and the public.
An audio feed of his voice was relayed to a separate room.
DOREEN LAWRENCE is to take her seat in the House of Lords today after being appointed a Labour peer.
The 60-year-old, whose son Stephen was murdered by a racist gang in 1993 in Eltham, southeast London, has been given the official title of Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.
Labour leader Ed Miliband signed off the proposal and it was put forward to Downing Street as part of Labour's recommendations.
It follows her 20-year fight for justice for her 18-year-old son, whose murder case became one of the highest profile racial killings in UK history.
SCHOOLCHILDREN UTTERING words such as “coz”, “innit” and ending sentences with “yeah” will now have to remain tight lipped at an academy school in south London following a ban on slang words.
The Harris Academy in Upper Norwood has formally enacted a school-wide rule forbidding pupils from using language considered unacceptable by teachers in an effort to improve speaking habits and make students more presentable to the professional world.
THE MINICAB driver at the centre of the Mark Duggan shooting said he did not see a gun flying through the air when Duggan was shot by police in Tottenham, north London.
The driver, who was transporting Duggan when his cab was intercepted and halted by armed police, claimed there was no indication that the cars that sped up to him and forced him to pull over were police vehicles.
Granted anonymity, he gave evidence through an interpreter at the inquest into the fatal shooting of Duggan in August 2011, which sparked widespread rioting in England.
FORMER LIBERIA President Charles Taylor is fighting to avoid being imprisoned in Britain and has called on authorities to change it to Rwanda.
He was convicted of war crimes last year by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, which was held at The Hague in order to not risk escalating tensions in West Africa.
Taylor wrote to the court claiming an African jail would be a more appropriate destination for him to carry out his 50-year sentence for aiding rebels who committed war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war from 1991 to 2002.
LETTING AGENCIES in London are discriminating against black people looking to rent by blocking them from tenancies, suggests an undercover investigation into the industry.
The report conducted by the BBC found a similar sentiment to the “no blacks, no dogs, no Irish” signs that were iconic of the early African Caribbean migrants’ experience, and discovered a ploy to keep black people out of certain properties by telling them that properties were already gone or simply refusing to follow-up enquiries when they were still available.
THE UK Government is rebuffing attempts by several Caribbean countries to force it to pay reparations for slavery.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office told The Voice that money was not the solution to righting the sins of the past.
A spokesperson said: “We do not see reparations as the answer. Instead, we should concentrate on identifying ways forward with a focus on the shared global challenges that face our countries in the 21st century.
ONE THIRD of British people are “uncomfortable” with the prospect of a black or minority ethnic (BME) prime minister, according to a YouGov poll.
The survey conducted on behalf of Demos and Birkbeck College, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, reported that 34 per cent of Britons admitted to harbouring varying levels of discomfort with the idea of a minority ethnic prime minister. On the other hand, 35 per cent said they would be comfortable with a BME at the helm.
BARCLAYS HAS become the latest bank to announce it will be a partner in the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.
Around two-thirds of lenders in the UK’s mortgage market have agreed to sign up to the project.
The Government initiative is designed to allow those who can afford only a small deposit to buy a home.
It is offering £12bn worth of guarantees to encourage lenders to secure mortgages for as little as five per cent.
A spokesperson for Barclays said: “We are pleased to confirm that Barclays will participate in the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme.”
THE DAUGHTER of a man who died while being treated in hospital said she still does not know why her father died.
Philmore Mills was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital for pneumonia on December 21, 2011, and it is claimed that in the early hours of December 27 an incident occurred after which the father-of-three was pronounced dead.
His family believe he was restrained and handcuffed by hospital security and then police as he became agitated and confused.