Those involved in Duggan shooting will have to “account” for their actions

18:00 28 March 2012

Mark Duggan was shot dead by armed police last August.

Mark Duggan was shot dead by armed police last August.

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The police watchdog has given an assurance that those involved in the shooting of Mark Duggan will be held to account, as the leader of Haringey Council calls for a “full inquest” to be held in public.

Fears have been raised a full inquest may not be heard after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) warned the coroner at a pre-inquest hearing on Monday that it is likely to be in possession of material which would be relevant to the issue of police decision-making but which could not be provided to the inquest for legal reasons.

The hearing heard the inquest into Mr Duggan’s death also had to be delayed until January 28 next year because of legal issues surrounding a criminal trial which is likely to run into October, the original month set.

But today the IPCC reassured people there will be some form of probe into the shooting –which many cite as the spark which started the riots across Tottenham and the country – as well as its own investigation, with its final report due in the autumn.

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “The public can be reassured that those involved in the shooting of Mark Duggan will be required to account for their actions. In this case, it could be one, or a combination of, an inquest, a public inquiry or criminal proceedings.”

Haringey Council leader Claire Kober said she will be writing to the IPCC to make clear that she believes a full inquest must be held. She said: “I said following the shooting of Mr Duggan that in the fullness of time we need to know what happened and why - and I am reiterating that call.

“Transparency and accountability can only be achieved through a full inquest held in public. The shooting raised many questions and it is right and proper that the family of Mr Duggan and the wider Tottenham community get to hear the answers.

“That will not be possible if an inquiry is arranged as an alternative with some evidence heard behind closed doors.”

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