Footage shows rioters’ attack on innocent man
Police appeal for witnesses
POLICE probing the London riots made a fresh appeal for the public’s help after footage was released showing a gang attacking an innocent man as he tried to stop a shop break-in.
The CCTV images, which featured as part of a TV appeal for witnesses, was captured by a camera at around 10.20pm on August 8.
It shows a youth swinging a fire extinguisher at the Carphone Warehouse shop in London’s Clapham Junction.
A man, dressed in a suit, is seen walking into shot from the right and standing in front of the shop window with his hands in his pockets as a gang of around 10 people, all with their faces covered by balaclavas or scarves, gather around him.
The unidentified man, whose face has been blurred out, is shown talking to the gang and raising his hands before a second youth with a fire extinguisher sprays it directly in his face. The gang then pull up the glass and the security gate and make their way inside.
The footage was part of the Crimewatch special on the BBC, featuring the violence and disorder across London in a bid to identify the victim and offenders.
The Met Police have now charged 1,015 people in connection with last week’s violence and disorder across the capital.
The Operation Withern investigation team has about 20,000 hours of CCTV footage to view and said it is likely to increase as more footage is gathered.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said: “I want to thank all those people who have come forward with information already. What we need to do now is build on that sense of community that we have seen across the UK.” He appealed for people to keep checking the Metropolitan Police Service Flickr page and newspapers to an help identify offenders.
Meanwhile, thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of three men who died as they tried to protect shops and homes from looters.
Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, died after they were struck by a car during riots in the Wi n s o n G r e e n area of Birmingham. At an openair prayer service attended by more than 20,000 people, the three victims were hailed as martyrs.
SADNESS: Mourners attend the funeral of, from left, Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir. STREET ASSAULT: CCTV images show a man being attacked as he tries to stop a shop break-in.