Man dies after attack during riot
Published 12/08/2011 | 00:52
A man who was set upon as he attempted to stamp out a fire during rioting in Ealing, west London, has died, Scotland Yard said.
Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, died in hospital on Thursday night after he was attacked in Spring Bridge Road during Monday's disorder.
The Metropolitan Police said a murder investigation has now been launched.
Mr Bowes, of Haven Green, Ealing, suffered serious head injuries and was placed on a life-support machine following the attack, which took place at around 10.45pm on Monday as violence spread through the capital.
He died just before midnight on Thursday, Scotland Yard said.
His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course, the force added.
Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane, of the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "This was a brutal incident that resulted in the senseless killing of an innocent man. I still need the assistance of the community who may have witnessed the attack on Richard, to come forward and provide information or images they may have recorded on mobile devices. This information could be crucial in catching his killer."
Police have issued two CCTV images of a man suspected of carrying out the assault and said he was actively engaged in the rioting and looting that devastated the area.
Detectives said the suspect was in the Ealing Broadway area from around 8pm onwards with a large group of people and appeared to be known to a considerable number of youths and young men who were also in the area.
He is described as black with a big build and was wearing a white t-shirt with writing on the front with a dark coloured jumper over his shoulders.