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City of London police probe mysterious death

THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

Police said on Thursday that a man who died at the G20 protests near the Bank of England Abeen walking home from work when he collapsed.

Ian Tomlinson, 47, a City of London resident, fell to the pavement around 7:25pm on Wednesday, close to where lines of riot police had clashed with protesters.

In a statement released by police, Tomlinson’s family said: “Ian came from a large, loving family and he will be sadly missed by us all. The police are keeping us informed of any developments.”

A postmortem was due to establish the cause of death yesterday. Police said Tomlinson had been on his way home from work at a nearby newsagent’s when he was discovered on Cornhill, a main road leading from the Bank of England.

There has been no evidence he was involved in altercations with the police. Police sources close to the investigation said they were using CCTV footage to piece together his final movements. Investigations were at an early stage and they currently had “no stance” on the events that led to his death.

Several witnesses said there had been clashes shortly after 7pm on Cornhill between protesters and riot police, who were attempting to move people away from the bank with truncheons. Sporadic scuffles broke out, with police using their batons intermittently. Police then cordoned off one street.

Photographs taken around 7:20pm show Tomlinson lying and sitting on the pavement about 60m from where he collapsed. He had one arm in the air and appeared to be in discussion with five riot police.

The images suggest he was then lifted up by a protester. He is then seen walking away in the direction of the junction with Birchin Lane, where he finally collapsed.

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