New suspect arrested in connection with C C owner’s death

Police this week arrested a seventh man in connection with the death of East London cash and carry owner Shammi Atwal (pictured) last year.

The unnamed 30-year-old new suspect was arrested on July 22 on suspicion of robbery and manslaughter and is currently in custody at an East London police station.

A group of men entered the Glen amp; Co Cash amp; Carry in River Road, Barking, at about 10.20am on Monday October 14 last year, armed with metal bars and at least one sledgehammer, attempting to steal items from the premises.

Mr Atwal, 45, and his wife, who are co-owners of the Features > Business, tried to prevent the robbery and an altercation took place.

The suspects then ran from the store followed by father-of-two Mr Atwal. Police officers believe he was then pushed in front of a moving lorry. He was pronounced dead at the scene by London Ambulance Service shortly after 11am.

A post-mortem examination at Queens Hospital gave the cause of death as multiple injuries as a result of being run over by the lorry.

Detective Chief Inspector Neale Baldock, leading the Metropolitan Police’s murder probe into Mr Atwal’s death, 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.:

Earlier this year, six men were previously found guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Atwal, and conspiracy to commit robbery at the Old Bailey.

Vidmantas Gorskoves, 26, of Grange Road, Plaistow; Aurimas Diliunas, 27, of Rosslyn Road, Barking; Farhan Sheikh, 39, of Thornhill Gardens, Barking; Deibidas Sumskas, 25, of Ottley Road, Canning Town; Reiniks Kivers, 28, of no fixed abode; Edgaras Balezantis, 25 of Tollgate Road, Beckton, were given jail terms totalling more than 70 years on May 13.

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