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.
The police say that a man who fell from a footbridge over the Barking bypass has died.
The man, who remains unidentified, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 0600 this morning.
He was hit by a lorry after falling onto the road, which remains closed.
Police are investigating after a man fell from a footbridge over the A13 Alfred's Way in Barking before being hit by a lorry.
The condition of the man, who is currently being treated at the scene, is not yet known.
The road has been closed westbound and motorist are being advised to avoid the area with delays of more than an hour being reported.
Police say they were called shortly before 0515 this morning, along with the London Ambulance Service, London's Air Ambulance and London Fire Brigade.
British Transport Police are appealing for help in identifying a man who ran in front of two trains at Barking station. They have released CCTV images of the man on Saturday 7th September, as he spotted a number of uniformed police officers and jumped onto the tracks in front of a tube train.
He then ran onto the next set of tracks as a London Overground train was approaching, forcing the driver to apply the emergency brakes. Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man to come forward.
PC Phil Church said: “Trespass on the railway is, in itself,extremely dangerous and irresponsible, but to run in front of moving trains is putting your life on the line. We don’t believe the man was injured during the incident ... but this was still extremely thoughtless behaviour."
Earlier this month a report from the National Audit Office said that England needs more than a quarter of a million more school places by next year.
Today MPs have been visiting a school in east London to see the problem for themselves.
Sejal Karia reports.