C4 to air Ian Tomlinson video as injunction attempt fails

An attempt by the police watchdog to stop Channel 4 broadcasting new footage of the moments leading up to the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests has failed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission wanted to secure a court order against Channel 4 News when it emerged the programme planned to broadcast a frame-by-frame analysis of the film.

But a judge refused to grant the injunction last night and it will be shown today on Channel 4 News and More 4 News.

An IPCC spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that we attempted to seek an injunction against Channel 4 as it came to light that they were due to broadcast further evidence which we believe at this moment would potentially damage our criminal investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson.

“This injunction was specific to what was due to be broadcast this evening.”

A spokeswoman for ITN, which produces Channel 4 News and More 4 News, said the broadcast was “a responsible piece of journalism that brings important new information into the public domain”.

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