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Man remanded over cleaner's death

An unemployed man has been remanded in custody accused of stabbing a have-a-go street cleaner to death.

Piotr Mikiewicz, 40, was stabbed after trying to stop a house burglar in Rylett Road, Shepherd's Bush, west London, where he had been working.

He hit the man several times with his broom and was stabbed once in the chest.

Roger Philip Buckingham, 30, of Bentworth Road, Shepherd's Bush, appeared at the Old Bailey by videolink and was remanded in custody. No bail application was made.

Buckingham will appear at a plea and case management hearing at the same court on December 10.

He is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon, theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.

Mr Mikiewicz was described as "a friend to everyone" by his employer, private contractor Serco.


Three bailed after murder in W12

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information following a murder in Shepherd's Bush.

A street cleaner was stabbed after trying to stop a burglar in Rylett Road W12 at around 1:50pm on Wednesday 29th August.

The 40-year-old Polish man suffered a stab wound to the torso and died at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington on 30th August. On 30th August six people were arrested, a man on suspicion of murder, and two men and three women on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They were taken to a central London police station. The two men arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, and one of the women are now bailed to return pending further inquiries.