THE police marksmen who shot dead an armed barrister after a four and a half-hour siege at his Chelsea home will not be charged over the killing. The Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to show officers had not acted in genuine self-defence after 32-year-old Mark Saunders began firing from the kitchen win- dow of his 2.25m flat. It added that police had a duty to protect the public in such circumstances, as well as a right to defend themselves, and that there was no realistic prospect of securing a successful murder or manslaughter conviction. Mr Saunders, a successful divorce barrister who had been drinking heavily on the day of the shooting, died after exchanging fire three times with Scotland Yards firearms unit during the siege on 6 May last year. An inquest was later told that Mr Saunders, who hit a house opposite with bullets from his shotgun as he roamed through his home, had been shot at least five times in the head, heart and liver. Todays decision will disappoint Mr Saunders family. His parents Rosemary and Rodney and sister Charlotte argue he need not have been killed and that negotiations should have continued because he posed no threat to the public at the time that he died. Today, Mr Saunders widow Elizabeth said she hoped a full inquest into the death would now take place to exam- ine why it had been necessary for police to fire the fatal shots. 16 Friday, 18 September 2009 London Lite by Mark blunden Armed: barrister Mark Saunders Officers had duty to protect public No cops to be charged over siege shooting Costelloeshoulders firstfashionshow VETERAN fashion designer Paul Costelloe received a standing ovation as his latest collection kicked off the 25th London Fashion Week at Somerset House today. Costelloes models showed off blunt-cut hairdos and Eighties shoulder pads as they paraded his bright, striking clothes along the catwalk. Newsreader Kate Silverton, 39, and model Lisa Butcher, 38, were among those who stood to applaud the 64-year-old, who has had a show in London for the past 24 years. The week will feature some of the biggest British names in fashion, such as Vivienne Westwood and John Rocha. A cut above: Costelloes gargantuan shoulder pads hit the catwalk H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html