Seventh Arrest Over Barking Lorry Death

23 July 2014, 11:33 | Updated: 23 July 2014, 11:42

A seventh man has been arrested in connection with the death of a cash-and-carry owner who was pushed under a lorry in East London.

It happened while 45-year-old Shammi Atwal was chasing away an armed gang from the Glenn and Co cash and carry in Barking last October.

Six men have already been jailed for a combined total of 71 years and eight months for his manslaughter and conspiracy to commit robbery.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said a 30-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and manslaughter. He is in custody at an east London police station.

Mr Atwal died after giving chase to the gang, who had broken into the store, in River Road, armed with metal bars and at least one sledgehammer.

The 45-year-old confronted the men after they assaulted his wife Damanjeet Kaur, a jury at the Old Bailey was told.

The raiders got away with just £1,000 and police believe one of the gang pushed Mr Atwal under a lorry as they fled the scene.

Vidmantas Gorskoves, 26, of Plaistow, east London, Aurimas Diliunas, 27 and Farhan Sheikh, 39, both of Barking, east London, Deibidas Sumskas, 25, of Canning Town, Reiniks Kivers, 28, of no fixed abode and Edgaras Balezantis, 25, of Beckton were all convicted in May this year.