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Two Lithuanian men have been charged with the manslaughter of a father-of-two who was killed by a moving lorry after chasing robbers from his cash and carry store.
Shammi Atwal confronted gang members armed with metal bars and a sledgehammer during a robbery at their business in Barking, east London.
Vidmantas Gonskoves and Aurimas Diliunas will appear at RedbridgeMagistrates' Court tomorrow accused of manslaughter and robbery.
A businessman has died after being pushed under a moving lorry as he chased a gang trying to raid his shop. Shammi Atwal confronted the men who entered his Barking cash and carry - armed with metal bars.
Detectives have praised the 45-year-old's bravery, and a murder investigation has been launched.
- His 37-year-old widow, who police have not identified, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene
- The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene in River Road and was not arrested
- The suspects are described as white men. It is not known how they got away
Police say up to 10 men entered the Glen & Co Cash and Carry in Barking yesterday morning.
Shammi Atwal and his wife - who are co-owners of the business - tried to stop them, causing the gang to flee.
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."
A father-of-two has died after being pushed under a moving lorry as he chased a gang which tried to rob his cash and carry.
Shammi Atwal has been praised by police for confronting the gang members, who were armed with metal bars and a sledgehammer, and defending his wife.