Footage shows ri­ot­ers’ at­tack on in­no­cent man

Po­lice ap­peal for wit­nesses

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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