London Riots: Funeral Of Man Shot By Police

The funeral of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police sparked widespread riots in England, has taken place.

His coffin was carried in a white horse-drawn hearse to a church service in north London shortly before midday.

Funeral service tributes were given by partner Semone Wilson, his sister Karen Hall and parents Pamela and Vincent.

More than 1,000 mourners were expected to line the cortege route through the Broadwater Farm estate to the New Testament church in Wood Green.

Mr Duggan's death in Tottenham, on August 4, was cited as the trigger for the first of four nights of riots that spread out from the capital.

The funeral service occurred amid lingering tensions between family members and police.

On the eve of the funeral, his brother Shaun Hall, 42, questioned why police had shot him in the chest rather than a non-lethal part of the body.

Conflicting accounts of events, and ballistic tests, leading to Mr Duggan's death  fuelled local tension.

Tottenham MP David Lammy said that Mr Duggan's family was "left floundering" and the "lack of communication did not help".

Mrs Duggan, 53, described her son as a "loving boy with a good heart". He is to be interred at Wood Green cemetery.

Home Secretary Theresa May has urged politicians to refrain from rushing to judgment over the causes of the rioting.

Asked if the riots were prompted by the shooting of the 29-year-old, she told MPs: "I would be very cautious in saying that the shooting had the sort of direct link that we're talking about."

A police watchdog investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) over the death of Mr Duggan is expected to last up to six months.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "It is in the interest of everyone, the family of Mr Duggan, the public and the police, that the Independent Police Complaints Commission is able to establish all the facts of the events so that there is a complete understanding of what happened, and the MPS is doing everything possible to assist with that process."