Thursday, 11 August 2011
Britain is no longer a country for an old gentleman called Richard Mannington Bowes, struck down for trying to douse a fire in a riot
Richard has been hailed as a 'community hero' for trying to stop youths in Ealing, London, setting fire to bins during Monday night's riots when he was he was knocked to the ground and suffered a fractured skull. He was taken to intensive care and has now died from his wounds. His phone and wallet were stolen in the attack and it is believed that he lived alone.
Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane, leading the murder inquiry, said: "Through CCTV we have identified a strong suspect."
A local shopkeeper described Richard as "a really, really nice guy, a nice, old, public school gent; really nice, wouldn't harm a fly." Apparently, he would take supermarket trolleys which had been left by taxi ranks back to shops and would pick up street rubbish.
Ealing has lost a man who cared for his local community.
Britain has lost a brave old gentleman.
What a sad place it has become.
Flowers left at the scene of the crime.
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