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London riots: IPCC Mark Duggan inquiry 'should be faster'

  • 14 November 2011
  • From the section London
Media captionLabour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy: ''People are still standing destitute''

Investigations by the police watchdog into the fatal shooting of a man that sparked the summer disorder are taking too long, Scotland Yard has said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report on Mark Duggan's killing in Tottenham, north London, is due next year.

"We wish it had been done quicker," Assistant Commssioner Lynne Owens told a BBC Radio 5 Live debate on the riots.

Minister Grant Shapps agreed it felt "like a long time" until publication.

There was a "sense of anxiety that people want to know the truth", but this could be eased if the IPCC provided "the fastest possible results", the local government minister said.

The IPCC said it had told the Home Affairs Select Committee "that the investigation will be completed within a six-month period".

Insurers 'woeful'

Mr Duggan, 29, was killed on 4 August after the minicab in which he was a passenger was apparently stopped by police near Tottenham Hale Tube station.

Three nights of violence, looting and fires followed in London, with cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Salford also experiencing trouble.

Manchester's chief constable, Peter Fahy, said the disorder probably would not have spread to his city if the Metropolitan Police had been quicker to control London's violence.

Tottenham MP David Lammy told the debate, hosted by presenter Victoria Derbyshire, that local people were "still standing destitute" as a result of damage to their homes and businesses.

Image caption Mark Duggan was killed in Tottenham in August

There would have been a quicker response to an overseas disaster than there had been in August, he claimed.

"You fall on hard times, you expect help," he said.

"It is not acceptable that if you go to a developing country after a tsunami or a hurricane, people are helped three months later.

"The insurance companies have been woeful. Shame on them," Mr Lammy added.

The Home Office minister James Brokenshire said insurers "need to get on with it", and the government may have to "put more pressure on them".

There had been about 500 claims for £200m of compensation, he added.

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