Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shopkeeper Fights for Life after Being Beaten in Row over Cigarette Papers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shopkeeper Fights for Life after Being Beaten in Row over Cigarette Papers

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Byline: Daniel O'Mahony, Ben Morgan and Justin Davenport

A SHOPKEEPER is fighting for life in hospital today after being beaten by three youths who he refused to sell Rizla cigarette papers, it was claimed.

The 49-year-old man, described as a "sweet and gentle soul," was battered by the gang when he challenged them for being under-age.

Horrified passers-by rushed to his aid after he was attacked in his shop in Mill Hill just before 11.45pm on Saturday.

Detectives said the victim, believed to be a father, was "violently attacked" and now "on a life support machine".

A colleague at the Rota Express store on The Broadway also sustained minor injuries. Police are hunting three young black men who fled from the store.

One local shopkeeper, who did not want to be named, said: "Three boys came in wanting Rizla paper and he refused them because they were underage. The first hit him and then they all started hitting him while he was on the floor. …

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