Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Motorist Is Beaten to Death, Eight Hurt as Crazed Man Rampages

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Motorist Is Beaten to Death, Eight Hurt as Crazed Man Rampages

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A MOTORIST was beaten to death today and at least eight people were injured after a man went on the rampage near Heathrow.

The violence is believed to have been sparked after a confrontation between the assailant and a car driver.

One of those hurt was fighting for his life in hospital. Two of the injured were women.

An ambulance crew called to the scene was attacked trying to treat people in the street. A number of police officers were also hurt as they arrested the man.

Detectives are believed to be investigating the possibility that the assailant had a history of mental illness.

A local cafe owner said that following the incident, the alleged attacker had broken into his cafe and made himself a cup of tea.

Police say the driver stepped out of his vehicle in Harlington High Street at about 4.30am today - yards from the airport's perimeter fence - possibly because of an altercation with the man.

The suspect - believed to be of Tunisian origin - then launched a ferocious assault on the victim, leaving him for dead in the street.

Two paramedics arrived and tried to treat the man but they too were assaulted. Four members of the public went to help, and they were also attacked and injured, one of the seriously.

Police said they found no weapons. Blood was spattered on a nearby car.

Moments after the incident Heathrow worker Gary Webb drove past the scene of the attack and stopped to help - but was frightened away after being approached by what he described as a 6ft tall thickset man of north African appearance.

Mr Webb, 47, said: "I was on my way to work when I saw this body in the road. I slowed down to turn the bike around and as I drove up onto the pavement while turning I saw a bicycle next to the body. I could not see what the victim looked like, but he looked dead.

"I looked around to see if anybody else was there and I became aware of a large, suited man staring at me in a very intense way.

"He was standing over the body of the victim and he had these burning, intense eyes. He was looking at me with wild, staring eyes and I felt very frightened. …

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