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'New witnesses' to Duggan police shooting, says IPCC

SHOT: Mark Duggan, 29, was gunned down by police on Thursday, August 4

INVESTIGATORS piecing together the death of a man shot by police say they have uncovered “possible new witnesses”.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was following up fresh leads after a successful evening on the ground in Tottenham, north London, last night.

Mark Duggan, 29, of Roland Hill Avenue, was travelling in a silver Toyota minicab when he was shot dead by police last Thursday in a botched arrest.

It was initially claimed Mr Duggan had fired at police, but the IPCC later confirmed there was no evidence that this was true.

A bullet found lodged in a police radio was issued by a CO19 firearm, according to early forensic reports.

The IPCC has revealed that a gun, alleged to belong to Mr Duggan, was recovered at the scene.

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “I want to appeal directly to anyone who saw or heard anything that may assist us with our investigation - or if you know anyone who has any information and has yet to come forward and speak to us, please urge them to do so.

“The more information that our investigators have the better picture we will be able to build in to the circumstances of Mark Duggan’s death.”

It is believed the father-of-four was en route to Chingford when he was stopped as part of a pre-planned operation.

A post-mortem revealed he died from a bullet wound to the chest, North London Coroners Court heard last week.

Mr Duggan’s family marched from Broadwater Farm to Tottenham police station on Saturday, August 6, demanding answers after officers failed to contact them in the aftermath of his death.

The peaceful protest turned violent following allegations that police officers assaulted a 16-year-old girl. No formal complaint has been lodged with The Met police at this stage.

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