Opinion: From Our Readers - Met Police chief defends actions

Both Malcolm Nash (Letters, 24 April) and Paul Simon (Letters, 1 May) have raised questions regarding the Met's media handling of the G20 demonstrations and the tragic death of Ian Tomlinson. I have offered to meet them both to explain the Met's actions and discuss their concerns.

The media coverage focused on the Met as it was in charge of the public order operation, which also involved several other police forces. However, this has led to confusion and misrepresentation as to who may have said what, if anything, regarding previous police contact with Mr Tomlinson. Any reference to 'police' is assumed, wrongly, to be just the Met - and I can only speak for the Met.

The Met issued only one statement relating to Mr Tomlinson's death. It was agreed with the Independent Police Complaints Commission at 11.30 that evening.

I stand by that statement - which was not inaccurate - and can assure Mr Simon that wider considerations, including ethical ones and the IPCC protocol for handling such matters, were taken into account.

Any further statements in the following days would have come from either the City of London Police or the IPCC, which took responsibility for the subsequent investigation.

Our statement is a matter of record and I would encourage anyone to read it to clarify the facts before publicly commenting on or questioning the actions of fellow PR professionals in the Met.

- Dick Fedorcio, director of public affairs and corporate comms, Metropolitan Police Service.

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