Ian Tomlinson verdict expected

A jury is set to reach a verdict on whether Pc Simon Harwood is guilty of killing the newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in London in 2009. Pc Harewood has denied the charge of manslaughter.

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Jury considers verdict in protest death trial

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of the police officer accused of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson.

PC Simon Harwood arriving at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: Press Association

Pc Simon Harwood hit Mr Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground during the G20 protests in the City of London in April 2009.

The father of nine walked 75 yards before he collapsed and later died.

Harwood, who is 45, from Carshalton in Surrey, denies manslaughter on the grounds he used reasonable force.

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Tomlinson family walk out of court as PC gives evidence

The family of a man killed during the G20 protests walked out of court earlier whilst listening to the evidence of the policeman accused of his manslaughter.

PC Harwood was going through a list of alternatives to hitting Ian Tomlinson with his baton during the riots in 2009.

ITV News' Crime Correspondent Jon Clements was at Southwark Crown Court to hear the morning's evidence.

PC Simon Harwood: 'I shouldn't have hit him with a baton and pushed him'

During PC Simon Harwood's cross-examination by Mark Dennis QC, he was asked:

"You do now accept that what you did in relation to Mr Tomlinson was wrong?"

Harwood replied: "Like I said, now I do, but not at the time."

He went on: "Now I've seen all the evidence and I know how poorly Mr Tomlinson was I'm sorry that I got involved, I shouldn't have hit him with a baton and pushed him."

Harwood, 45, from Carshalton in Surrey, denies manslaughter on the grounds that he used reasonable force.

PC Simon Harwood: I was wrong to hit Ian Tomlinson

PC Simon Harwood said he was "wrong" to have hit Ian Tomlinson Credit: RE

The police officer accused of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson said today he now accepts that he was "wrong" to have hit and pushed him.

PC Simon Harwood told Southwark Crown Court, if he had realised Mr Tomlinson was walking away from police lines at the time he "would not have gone near him".

Harwood hit Mr Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground during the G20 protests in the City of London in April 2009.

The father-of-nine walked 75 yards before he collapsed and later died.

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Jury hears Pc Harwood's defence in Tomlinson trial

The jury in the manslughter trial of Pc Simon Harwood has been hearing from his defence team at Southwark Crown Court today.

Pc Harwood is accused of hitting Ian Tomlinson with a baton and causing him to fall over during a G20 demonstration in 2009. Mr Tomlinson died later that evening.

Amateur footage shows Ian Tomlinson pictured sitting on the ground during the G20 demonstration in April 2009

The jury heard from Alan Wright, an investigator with the Independent Police Complaints Commission who took statements from Pc Harwood in the early stages of the investigation.

In those statements, Pc Harwood says he believes his actions were reasonable, necessary and proportionate.

He will give evidence in his defence later today. Follow the story with ITV London.

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Family shown video of Tomlinson floored by police officer

The family of Ian Tomlinson wept in court today as video footage of him being floored by a police officer during G20 protests was played to jurors.

Mr Tomlinson's widow Julia wiped away tears as the clip of Pc Simon Harwood striking the 47-year-old and pushing him over was played three times.

His sons shook their heads as another clip showed Pc Harwood swinging his baton as Mr Tomlinson shuffled away.

The homeless alcoholic got up and walked on but collapsed three minutes later near the Bank of England.

Mr Tomlinson died in hospital 45 minutes later.

Pc Harwood showed no emotion as the footage was played and denies a charge of manslaughter.

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