"Mr Smyth indicated that the officer involved had been taken ill before being suspended by the Metropolitan Police on Thursday, when a senior police officer went to see him in person."So the suspension was window dressing?
Now of course, the man is on holiday.
"A senior officer travelled to where he is and suspended him in person. He was due to go away anyway. I suppose he'd booked a holiday for Easter."A senior officer travelled in person to tell this officer he was suspended, from a job he was already on "sick leave" from?? Does that make sense? Of course, he is going on holidays right when the spotlight is glaring?
A more likely scenario, the officer who pushed Ian Tomlinson was suspended with pay for "medical reasons" The senior officer went to see him personally to tell him to go on vacation, get out of town, not to suspend him.
"The officer was also wearing a balaclava under his riot helmet"
He was wearing a balaclava, so was he the designated head basher? This way he could not easily be identified. Might have worked had the video footage not shown all the officers involved including ones who could be identified.