De Menezes witnesses say police gave no warning

A couple sitting opposite Jean Charles de Menezes said that they never heard undercover police identify themselves before they shot the innocent Brazilian, an inquest heard today.

Ralph Livock was travelling with his girlfriend Rachel Wilson when they saw several men with guns board the train at Stockwell Tube station and move towards Mr de Menezes with their weapons raised.

They said that they had no idea if the men were pranksters, police or terrorists and realised the severity of the situation only when the shooting started and Ms Wilson found that she was covered in blood.

At no time, they said, did they hear anyone shout "armed police", contradicting accounts from other armed officers that they had identified themselves.

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