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Did Duggan cop plant gun?

Issue No. 2372

A witness into the shooting of Mark Duggan is to tell the inquest into his death that she saw police “plant” a gun near the site of the shooting. Police shot and killed Mark in August 2011. The witness is known as Miss J. She claims that she saw an officer take a gun from a shoebox in a minicab and put it on the grass metres away from where Mark’s body was lying.

Ashley Underwood QC, counsel to the inquest, told them, “I need to explore with Miss J whether her evidence suggests a police officer took the gun from the minicab and planted it. “All of that evidence will give you the opportunity to explore that possibility.”

Senior detective Mick Foote told the inquest jury on Monday of this week that Mark was in a gang of “48 of Europe’s most violent criminals”. The jury heard that Mark’s sole convictions were for cannabis possession, a £280 fine for handling stolen goods and a caution for public disorder. The inquest continues.

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