Murder investigation launched over death of 'brave' shopkeeper (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Murder investigation launched over death of 'brave' shopkeeper
A murder investigation has been launched over the death of a man who tried to protect his wife and business from a gang of ten thieves yesterday.
Shammi Atwal, a father-of-two from Chigwell, tried to prevent the robbery after the men entered the Glen & Co Cash & Carry in River Road, Barking, at 10.20am.
The suspects, armed with metal bars and at least one sledgehammer, ran from the store followed by Mr Atwal, who officers believe was then pushed under a moving lorry.
Mr Atwal, believed to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11.10am.
The lorry driver was stopped but not arrested, while the victim’s wife, 37, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
No arrests have been made, although the suspects are thought to be white men, with inquiries underway as to how they managed to flee the scene.
Detective chief inspector, Neale Baldock, said: "This was a man trying to stop thieves robbing his business.
"He acted bravely in defence of his wife and managed to chase the robbers from his premises only for him to be pushed in front of a moving lorry.
"People in the community know who committed this appalling and cowardly crime and I would urge them to contact my officers."
Anyone who was in the area at the time or who has information about this incident is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570.
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