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Vigil held for Pole rkadiusz Jozwik killed in suspected race attack

By Nina Massey

Published 01/09/2016

Murder victim: Mr Jozwik
Murder victim: Mr Jozwik

A community turned out in force at a candlelit vigil last night for a Polish man killed in a possible hate crime.

Arkadiusz Jozwik, known as Arek, was attacked in Harlow, Essex, on Saturday night and died on Monday from head injuries.

The 40-year-old and another Polish man were set upon outside a row of takeaway shops, in what Essex Police believe was an unprovoked attack at around 11.35pm.

Five 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail until October 7.

Campaign group Stand Up To Racism organised a candlelit vigil at the scene of the attack to show solidarity with the Polish community in the town.

More than 200 people attended last night's event including faith leaders and campaigners as well as members of the Polish community. They listened to speakers from across the community who told of the importance of standing together.

Sylwia Karwacka (31), who lives in Harlow, said: "We live the same as everyone.

"We work, we pay tax. I think 'why him? Why Polish people? Why?'."

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