Witnesses sought in Ealing murder case
Police are appealing for witnesses to the murder of Richard Bowes, who died after confronting a group of arsonists in Ealing during the riots last week.
The 68-year-old man, who lived alone in Haven Green, died in St Mary’s Hospital on Thursday as a result of a head injury. He was attacked as he attempted to put out a fire in industrial bins on Springbridge Road amidst the rioting and looting which swept through Ealing last Monday.
Police have opened an incident room at Sutton police station under Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. DCI McFarlane urged people who captured footage of the area at the time to contact police, saying:”This footage could be vital to the investigation. I would ask anyone in the Springbridge Road area at that time that has captured images to get in touch.”
Local CCTV captured an image of a witness (below) who police are especially keen to speak to. A police spokesman said: “We are still yet to make contact with someone who could be a key witness to the murder. We would urge him or anyone who knows him to speak to us as soon as possible.”
On 12 August a 22-year-old man was arrested in Hanwell on suspicion of murder, rioting and for three burglaries. He remains in custody at a south London police station. Anyone who can assist should call the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.