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Murder investigation launched after Stratford station assault victims dies

Murder investigation launched after Stratford station assault victims dies

Four teenagers are under arrest following the attack, but police would like to speak to further witnesses


Rebecca Beling
The crush at Stratford station

A man has died after he was found with severe head injuries in Stratford station.

John Francis Breen, 53, died in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 28 after he was found unconscious during the evening rush hour on Tuesday, October 27.

A 16-year-old boy, 15-year-old boy and two 14-year-old boys have all been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and currently remain in custody.

Chief inspector Dave Shipperlee said: “We continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident and are still in the process of interviewing the four teenagers.

“Our sympathies go out to Mr Breen’s family and I would like to reiterate our appeal for witnesses to help us piece together exactly what happened.

“We have already heard from several people who were at the station, and I would like to thank those who have come forward.

“I am certain there will be more people who can not only help us with our investigation, but can also provide information that will assist Mr Breen’s family in understanding how he sustained such traumatic injuries.”

There was a huge crush in the station after police closed off the walkway to help the man and investigate the incident, with some people reportedly getting trampled.

Commuter Peggy Loo, told The Evening Standard : “Nobody seemed to be trying to control the situation or realised how overcrowded it was.

“The attendants looked completely overwhelmed and it was really unsafe for everyone in the station.”

Call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 412 of 28/10/15.

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