None of the cameras at the scene of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at
Stockwell Tube station on 22 July were working, a police document revealed.
Cameras on the platform and the train were not operational, officers told the
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The submission by the Metropolitan
Police, obtained by ITV News, puts officers at odds with a statement from Tube
Lines, the company operating the station.
The police document says: "Stockwell station and environs has been surveyed
and all existing CCTV has been seized.
"During the course of this it has been established that although there
was onboard CCTV in the train, due to previous incidents the harddrive has been
removed and not replaced.
"It has also been established that there has been a technical problem
with the CCTV equipment on the relevant platform and no footage exists."
However in a statement to The Mail on Sunday, Tube Lines said: "We are
not aware of any faults on CCTV cameras at that station on that day. Nothing
of that nature has been reported to us." Yesterday the company refused
While some sources denied police had deliberately wiped the tapes, others remained
convinced there was a cover-up.
One union official argued however that the on-board cameras may have been empty.
Employees' representatives said Met officers emptied the cameras the day before
police killed Mr de Menezes as part of their investigation into the failed bombings
on 21 July.
According to a report he would have passed eight cameras, two in the station
entrance pointing at the barriers, another aimed at the Northern Line escalator
and another on the way down.
When Mr de Menezes reached the bottom of the escalator, another camera would
have captured him. And as he turned on to the platform one above the track and
three more at each end of the platform would have caught him on film, the reports
This information should have been sent to a control room and passed to video
tape. Yet there is apparently no footage of him in and around the platform.
The source, who is close to the investigation, said reports of a cover-up were
"absolute rubbish''. The source said reports that the tapes had been handed
back to London Underground staff were "nonsense'' because such material
would have been kept as evidence in the ongoing inquiry.
A spokesman for the IPCC said: "We are not willing to comment about every
story that comes up.''
But confusion still surrounds the contents of surveillance tapes taken from
Stockwell station. Sources have suggested that the tapes had been recovered
from the station booking hall, which had shown images of Mr de Menezes and that
there was limited footage from cameras inside the carriage where the shooting
All Northern Line Tube trains are equipped with CCTV - at either end of the
carriages, but the only photograph published of the incident seems to have been
taken from a doorway.
The confusion deepened as two senior Brazilian officials flew into London to examine
the background to Mr de Menezes' death. The officials will want to know if CCTV
footage of the incident exists. The Brazilian government has expressed "shock
and bewilderment" over the death and has said it wants answers to "a
number of matters".
Wagner Goncalves, of the federal prosecutor's office, and Marcio Pereira Pinto
Garcia, of the ministry of justice, went from Heathrow airport to Scotland Yard,
where they met senior officers led by deputy assistant commissioner John Yates.
They are also due to meet members of the IPCC tomorrow.
Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has faced unrelenting
pressure since it emerged last week that initial police accounts of the killing
were at variance with the facts.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Authority yesterday said Sir Ian still had
their full confidence, but admitted that a public inquiry into the death appeared
For the second time in two days, Downing Street issued a statement declaring
the Prime Minister's complete confidence in the Commissioner.
A spokeswoman said Mr Blair, who is on holiday in Barbados, had been kept fully
up to speed with the matter. She added: "The Prime Minister recognises
that the Metropolitan Police, led by Sir Ian Blair, do a very difficult job
and they do it very well."
Clare Short, the former Cabinet Minister, said it was now clear that the public
had been misled over the death of Mr de Menezes. She told ITV News: " We've
been lied to. This should be bigger than just calling for Sir Ian Blair to go.
We need to find out exactly what happened. Who was telling the lies?"
As relatives and supporters of Mr de Menezes began a vigil outside Downing
Street, his mother, Maria de Menezes, demanded justice for her son.
She said of the officers who shot: "They took my son's life. I am suffering
because of that."
Speaking from Brazil, she told the BBC: "I want the policeman who did
that punished. They ended not only my son's life but mine as well."
Mr de Menezes' cousin, Alessandro Pereira, handed a letter to Downing Street
demanding a public inquiry.
The unanswered questions
* If the CCTV cameras showed Mr de Menezes using his Oyster card to
open the ticket barrier, why did police sources suggest he vaulted it?
* Were cameras trained on the platform in full working order? Police
and Tube sources contradict each other.
* How could all four cameras around the platform have failed at the
* If the cameras had failed, why did the station log book contain no
details of the fault?
* Why had CCTV onboard the train been removed?