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Two charged over shopkeeper's death

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.

Shammi Atwal confronted robbers in his shop on Monday
Shammi Atwal confronted robbers in his shop on Monday Credit: Met Police

Vidmantas Gonskoves and Aurimas Diliunas will appear at RedbridgeMagistrates' Court tomorrow accused of manslaughter and robbery.


Gang of 10 men try to rob cash and carry in Barking

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.

forensic team search inside the Glen Cash & Carry
Forensic team search inside the Glen Cash & Carry Credit: PA Wire

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."

Police Officers prepare to search through drain waste for evidence
Police Officers prepare to search through drain waste for evidence Credit: PA Wire

Father dies after being pushed beneath lorry in robbery

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.

Police Officers and van outside the Glen Cash & Carry warehouse in Barking
Police Officers and van outside the Glen Cash & Carry warehouse in Barking Credit: PA Wire

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.


Barking bypass closed after man falls from footbridge

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.

CCTV: Man runs in front of trains at Barking

Do you recognise this man? He ran across the train tracks at Barking Credit: British Transport Police

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.

The unidentified man leaps onto the tracks, narrowly missing a District Line tube train Credit: British Transport Police
The man fled when he saw uniformed police on Barking station Credit: British Transport Police

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.

The man ran out of the station after crossing the lines in front of two trains Credit: British Transport Police

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."

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