Man Fights For His Life After Confronting Mobs

A man who was attacked as he tried to put out a fire started by rioters in Ealing, west London, is fighting for his life in hospital.

Police said it was believed the victim, who is in his 40s or 50s, argued with a group of teenagers who had set fire to two bins outside a shopping centre.

Officers in Ealing were dealing with the unrest when they realised the man was being attacked and went to help him.

He suffered from head injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Detectives are investigating, and officers in forensic uniforms have taken away bags of evidence from Spring Bridge Road.

An eyewitness, who gave his name as Jim, said he had seen a man lying on the road.

He said the man had grey hair and was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

“The rioters had set a bin alight and then they jumped on him when he tried to put it out,” he said.

“They ran away when the police arrived, and they put him in the recovery position.

“The bin was still on fire when I got there.”

Jim also said that rioters were mugging people at a nearby restaurant.

“Customers were sitting at the tables and they were just grabbing stuff.

“They were 17, 18, 20 years old.”