The Metropolitan police has finally apologised – not once but four times – to the family of Ian Tomlinson, who was unlawfully killed during the London G20 protests in 2009.
The published regrets are part of an out-of-court settlement with his widow and children.
There’s an apology for the actions of ex-PC Simon Harwood, who struck the news vendor and pushed him to the ground; an apology for failing to inform the family of his death; one for mistakes made when it happened; and one for misleading pathologists.
But it’s the admission that the Met accepts responsibility for killing Mr Tomlinson that the family have been wanting and waiting for.
His widow Julia said: “It is as close as we are going to get to justice.”