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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Man shot at Stockwell Tube NOT connected to the bombings

Very scary stuff

Update - a lot of you who have made comments below obviously got to my blog before I had a chance to update it with the latest news in that the man who was
shot at Stockwell Tube station was not connected with terrorists.

The dead man Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old who had lived in London for the past three years - was shot at five times in a tube carriage at Stockwell London Underground station and Scotland Yard have said:

"We are now satisfied that he was not connected with the incidents of Thursday 21st July 2005.

"For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets."

"The man emerged from a block of flats in the Stockwell area that were under police surveillance as part of the investigation into the incidents on Thursday, July 21. He was followed by surveillance officers to the Underground station. His clothing and behaviour added to their suspicions. The circumstances that led to the man's death are being investigated." - From the Daily Telegraph's coverage of the incident.

Obviously it's way too early to be pointing fingers and apportioning blame, although the post I made earlier below indicates that the police were pretty gun ho that day. Whatever, the whole incident is totally shocking nonetheless. For the latest on the Stockwell shooting, check out the BBC website.

Police point gun at Tube Driver's head

Amongst the latest developments from yesterday, it's emerged that the police briefly pointed a gun at the head of the tube driver of the train at Stockwell, where a man related to the bombing incidents was shot and killed. I've just heard on the radio, that the police have since apologised - that's nice of them!

Like other people, the poor driver was probably terrifed and got out of the tube as quickly as he could. However, he ran down an underground tunnel where the police chased him and held a gun to his head! Run after him, fair enough. But Jeesus Christ, wouldn't it have looked pretty obvious that he was a tube driver? Why the gun against the driver's head?

There's a brief story in The Scotsman about this, but I expect we'll see it more widely reported later.

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