Apologies for the delay between the previous post and this.
It seems that Channel 4 News is now very definitely on the case with regards to the missing police witnesses to the deadly assault on Ian Tomlinson on 1st April.
Perhaps this officer might be able to help. He was present in the background during the incident which was closely followed by Ian Tomlinson’s death, lurking for the most part on the west side of Royal Exchange Buildings, behind the trio of Level 2 Met officers (‘T1’-‘T3’) and two suspected Forward Intelligence Team members (‘F3’ and ‘F4’).
Throughout he could be seen talking into or listening to the radio unit on the left side of his jacket collar. He could also be seen doing the same during the ‘photographer attack’ incident on Royal Exchange Buildings, when City of London officer 204 (aka ‘C1’) assaulted a snapper. It is from this incident that the clearer pictures of ‘U1’ (as captured by Colin McQuillen/TwoThumbsFresh*) are taken.
Officer U1 is clearly identifiable by his lack of headgear, his City of London hi-viz jacket (with red-and-white checkerboard), his silvery grey hair (parted to the left) and matching moustache, and the distinctive black patch or strap over his jacket’s right breast.
One thing which is a lot clearer in Colin’s photos than in the video is the detail on the epaulettes. Without being able to conclusively identify what is on them, the item towards the middle of the epaulette on his right shoulder looks too substantial to be letters, suggesting that it might be a pip or a crown. Two pips indicate an Inspector, a pip and a crown a Chief Superintendent.
In case you did not spot him in the original ‘American tourist’ footage or photographs of the Tomlinson assault, let’s refresh our memories:
* Thanks again to Colin/2TF for sharing the pictures