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Two teenagers bailed in connection with death of Vijaykumar Patel

News   •   Jan 12, 2018 13:01 GMT

[Victim: Vijaykumar Patel]

Two teenagers who were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with the death of Vijaykumar Patel following an incident in Mill Hill have been bailed.

The two males - [B] aged 16 and [C] aged 15 - were arrested after they attended a central London police station on the evening of Wednesday, 10 January. They have since been bailed on a date to be confirmed.

An investigation was launched after officers were called at about 23:45hrs on Saturday, 6 January by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a man who had been assaulted and injured in The Broadway, NW7.

Vijaykumar Patel, 49, from the Colindale area was taken to a central London hospital for treatment but died during the evening of Monday, 8 January.

A post-mortem held at Northwick Park Hospital Mortuary on Thursday, 11 Jan at 10:00hrs gave the provisional cause of Mr Patel’s death as head injuries.

Detectives have established that Vijaykumar had been at work in the shop on the evening of Saturday, 6 January. Three teenage boys came into the shop and tried to buy some items including cigarette papers. Due to concerns about their age they were refused service after they were unable to provide suitable identification. 

The three were unhappy about the decision and became aggressive, threatening to vandalise the shop.

As such Vijaykumar and a colleague went outside after them to ensure no damage was done to the shop. Vijaykumar was struck once by one of the teenagers causing him to fall to the floor.

The colleague was also punched by the teenagers. He suffered minor injuries, but did not require hospital treatment

Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 8358 0200 - you can tweet information to @MetCC. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

= A 16-year-old male [A] has been charged with the murder of Vijaykumar Patel and appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 10 January. He was remanded in custody to next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, 12 January.