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Tributes to man killed with own van

Tributes have been paid to a hard-working family man who was crushed to death as he tried to stop a thief snatching his delivery van.

Charles Bunyasi, a 49-year-old father of three, was mown down and killed as he attempted to wrench open the Transit's passenger door.

As detectives questioned a man over the "tragic" murder, former colleagues said the victim was devoted to his family.

Mr Bunyasi, a council employee who worked as a van driver at weekends to earn extra cash, was making a delivery at a house in Coulsdon, south London, when he was run over at 11am on Saturday.

Sutton Council chief executive Niall Bolger said Mr Bunyasi had been a member of the authority's parks team for 12 years, "working in all weathers to keep our parks clean and our playgrounds safe".

Mr Bolger added: "He was a quiet and private man who worked in a very close team. He was well-liked by his colleagues, always very willing and happy in his duties and he took a great deal of pride in his work.

"This is one London's safest areas so we are deeply upset and shocked by what has happened. We will make sure that there is support in place for all council staff who need it."

Mr Bunyasi, from Mitcham, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead later the same day.

A 28-year-old man was arrested and is in custody at a south London police station. Police recovered the stolen van on Sunday, after finding it in Purley.

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