Teddington murder: Community reaction

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A community is in shock after after a man died  in Teddington on Sunday morning.

The 20-year-old, who has not yet been named by police, died after collapsing in Field Lane and being taken to Kingston Hospital at 12.30am on Sunday, November 11.

Police have linked the murder investigation with an earlier incident outside the Royal Oak Pub, in Teddington High Street, at 9.50pm on Saturday, November 10.

Residents said they watched from their houses as noise from a group of about 40 people drinking in the pub got louder and escalated into a fight in the high street, with people smashing glass and throwing punches.

One resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: “It was like watching footage of the riots. They were across the whole street.

“No one could contain that. You couldn’t see who was involved it was a mass brawl.

“It’s really scary. It was just horrible. Really just terrible.”

Teddington councillor and leader of the Richmond Liberal Democrats Stephen Knight said he had a personal visit from Twickenham police Borough Commander Clive Chalk after the incidents, which he described as sad and tragic.

He said: “Teddington is a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood most of the time.

“Everyone is understandably very shocked and upset and obviously there is a lot of sympathy for the family and friends of the young man. 

“I hope the community in Teddington will come together and help the police with their investigation.”

Two other men were taken to hospital after the fight outside the pub.

One remains in a serious but stable condition and the other suffered minor injuries and was discharged from hospital.

The Royal Oak was open for business on Monday and a member of staff said she was not there on the night of the incidents and had no further information.

Ken Smith lives in Field Lane and said a police cordon in the road had been lifted on Monday morning.

He said: “We heard some people running outside but not much else. Groups get into fights in pubs, that’s what happens. Life is like that. Things are going to happen but you might not expect it here.”

Witnesses to either incident, or anyone who might have information, are asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4155 or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Two men were arrested on suspicion of assault on Sunday and were taken to a west London police station.

They have been released on bail and are due to return in mid-December pending further inquiries.

A third man, a 21-year-old, was later arrested in Richmond and remains in custody.

Nobody has been arrested in relation to the murder inquiry.

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3:43pm Tue 13 Nov 12

BibleMan says...

This is indeed a sad event - it is also most unexpected in Teddington. Ken Smith is right though - fights happen all too often, and as with this death, tragic consequences frequently come out of the over-use of alcohol. My church will be remember Pat's family and friends in our prayers - but we will also be praying that this event will help teach people to be more moderate in their behaviour, as Christ Jesus asks of us.
This is indeed a sad event - it is also most unexpected in Teddington. Ken Smith is right though - fights happen all too often, and as with this death, tragic consequences frequently come out of the over-use of alcohol. My church will be remember Pat's family and friends in our prayers - but we will also be praying that this event will help teach people to be more moderate in their behaviour, as Christ Jesus asks of us. BibleMan

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