Murder arrest after daylight attack on father-of-five in Erith

Wayne Hoskyns who died in hospital on Saturday Credit: Met Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a father-of-five who was attacked in the middle of the day.

Wayne Hoskyns, 41, was described by his widow as “a loving husband and daddy” after he died in hospital on Saturday.

He was attacked in Crayford, south-east London, on Friday afternoon.

A 27-year-old man, from Dartford, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he handed himself in to a south London Police station on Tuesday.

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Helen Rance said: “An arrest has been made, and as part of our investigation we continue to appeal for further witnesses who may not yet have come forward.

“Wayne was assaulted in broad daylight in Cray Gardens and we are making progress with the investigation, but there are still some details we need to establish.”

The victim’s widow and mother, whose names have not been released by police, are urging witnesses to come forward.

His widow said: “This is an awful tragedy and we want to get justice for Wayne, a loving husband and daddy. Our hearts are breaking at this sad time.”

Mr Hoskyns’ mother said: “He was a much-loved father, son, brother and uncle.

“His family has been left devastated by this senseless crime and loss of a young life, and we would implore anybody who saw anything or has any information whatsoever to please come forward.”

A 42-year-old man who was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action.