Boy held in pensioner murder probe
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a pensioner who was attacked as he tried to stamp out a fire during the London riots, Scotland Yard said.
Richard Bowes, 68, died in hospital just before midnight on Thursday after he was attacked in Spring Bridge Road in Ealing, west London, during Monday's unrest.
Officers investigating the death have arrested the 16-year-old on suspicion of murder and four counts of burglary and a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, police said. A Scotland Yard spokesman said that both suspects are in custody in a south London police station.
A 22-year-old man arrested on August 12 on suspicion of murder, rioting and for three burglaries has since been bailed, police added. A post-mortem examination conducted on Saturday revealed he died from head injuries sustained during the incident.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of three men who were hit by a car while protecting shops from looters, police said. Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were killed when they were struck by a car in the early hours of Wednesday. Mr Jahan, Mr Ali and Mr Musavir were killed trying to protect shops in their community of Winson Green from being attacked and looted on Tuesday evening and into the early hours of Wednesday.
Adam King, 23, from Kings Norton in Birmingham has been charged with three counts of murder and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. He is the third person charged in connection with the deaths after Joshua Donald, 26, from Kelsall Croft, Ladywood, and a 17-year-old male were charged on Saturday night. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police confirmed a 27-year-old man has been bailed pending further inquiries. He is the third person to be released after a 16-year-old male was bailed on Saturday and a 32-year-old man bailed earlier this week.
Separately, detectives investigating the murder of a man who died after he was shot in Croydon during the London riots have arrested a 24-year-old man. Late on Saturday night, officers carried out an "armed operation" in Camberwell, south east London, and arrested the 24-year-old on suspicion of murder.
Trevor Ellis, 26, of Brixton Hill, south London, was found at about 9.20pm on Monday in a vehicle in Duppas Hill Road at its junction with Warrington Road, police said. The father-of-four was taken to St George's Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head, and was pronounced dead on August 9, police said.
Another man is still in custody being questioned over the shooting. The 27-year-old was arrested on Saturday in Sutton on suspicion of murder and is still being held in a south London police station. And a 24-year-old man was arrested in Brighton on suspicion of murder on Thursday but has since been bailed to return on September 12. Another male, aged 26, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday in Mitcham, south London, and has been bailed to a date to be confirmed.
Scotland Yard said 1554 people have been arrested in connection with violence, disorder and looting in London, with 892 charged.