Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GANG HORROR IN WEST ENDMurder Inquiry after Man Is Beaten to Death in Street; Dying Moments of Murder Victim Captured on Film

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GANG HORROR IN WEST ENDMurder Inquiry after Man Is Beaten to Death in Street; Dying Moments of Murder Victim Captured on Film

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Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK;JUSTIN DAVENPORT

THIS is the moment a young man lies dying in the street - the latest victim of drink-fuelled violence in the West End.

Paramedics desperately try to resuscitate the man but their efforts are in vain.

Witnesses said he was hit around the head with a belt buckle while several men pinned him to the ground.

He suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at St Thomas' hospital a short time afterwards.

The picture was taken using a hidden camera by Westminster councillor Ian Wilder who regularly films "scenes of anarchy" on Friday and Saturday nights.

Mr Wilder described the scene in Whitcomb Street. He said: "The paramedics had just started working on him and there were tubes and medical paraphernalia everywhere. It looked like a battlefield.

"There were three of them trying to get a reaction from him.

I think they had been trying to put a tube down his throat to help him breathe.

"He had been surrounded by four or five guys and some held him while others whipped him with a belt. He's not the only one I've photographed over the years who's been beaten like this. There is an atmosphere of malevolent violence."

Scotland Yard launched a murder inquiry into the death of the man in his twenties in the early hours of Sunday.

Police, who have not yet named the victim, arrested 10 people at the scene.

Three were freed without charge, one was released on bail and the other six remain in custody at separate police stations. Officers from the Specialist Crime Directorate have launched an inquiry headed by Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cobb.

Anyone with information is urged to ring 020 8358 0200.

Violence in London rose by 10 per cent last year, blamed mainly on binge drinking and yob culture.

The attack was just one of several incidents over the Bank Holiday weekend. …

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