Police arrest two teenagers on suspicion of murdering shopkeeper who refused to sell cigarette papers

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Police investigating the murder of a shopkeeper who was allegedly attacked after refusing to serve underage youths cigarette papers, have arrested two more suspects.

Vijay Patel, 49, a married father of two, was working at a convenience store in Mill Hill, north London, when he was allegedly attacked on Saturday night.

Police arrested one 16-year-old, who has since been charged with murder and issued CCTV stills of two other youths they wished to question.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said as a result of the appeal detectives have made two further arrests.

The Metropolitan Police began a murder investigation on Monday, when Mr Patel, who is originally from India, died from injuries sustained during an attack on Saturday night.

Police are investigating allegations that Mr Patel was set upon by a group outside the shop after they became angry when he would not serve them cigarette papers because he believed they were under 18-years of age.

A special post mortem examination is scheduled to take place at Northwick Park Hospital mortuary on Thursday, 11 January.

Detective Inspector Ian Lott of the Homicide and Major Crime Command leads the investigation and said: “This was an unprovoked and wholly unnecessary attack on a man who was just trying to do his job.”

 

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