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Man died after argument in car park

Prayers have been said for a pensioner who collapsed and died after arguing with a driver in a car park as his grandchildren played nearby.

The Asian man, in his 70s, was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack in the car park at Tyseley Community Centre in Sparkhill, Birmingham, just before 2pm on Sunday, according to police.

Officers tried to resuscitate the man at the scene but nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead at hospital, West Midlands Police said.

A 44-year-old man, from the Billesley area of the city was arrested at the scene in connection with the death but has since been bailed while investigations continue.

The altercation happened in what is the community centre's car park, next to Reddings Lane children's play area, although the building manager said there had been no activities on the day of the row.

Ellen Foche, the manager - who has worked at the community centre more than 20 years, said the man's death was "a tragedy".

She added the car park, which is covered by at least two CCTV cameras, was used "by a lot of the community" because of its location next to the park, the local mosque, a school and the centre itself.

Amjad Ahmed, principal of Al-Furqan Community College opposite the car park, said he had heard an elderly Asian man had been involved in a row.

He added evening prayers had been said for the man at the nearby Mahmudsabir Masjid mosque, where Mr Ahmed is also a trustee.

"I heard that an elderly gentleman was in an argument with a taxi driver and he fell and the next thing, police were called and an ambulance was sent. One of the school workmen said police were trying to resuscitate him, but sadly we heard later he passed had away," he said.

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