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Three arrested on suspicion of murder after man, 60, dies in Dagenham

The Guardian logo The Guardian 14/08/2022 Jane Clinton
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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 60-year-old man died in east London.

The Metropolitan police were called at just after midnight on Sunday to reports of a fight at the junction of Ford Road and Broad Street in Dagenham. Officers and the London ambulance service attended but the man was pronounced dead.

A 26-year-old and a 36-year-old were arrested at the scene and are in police custody. A third man, aged 23, was later arrested.

The victim had not been formally identified as of Sunday night and his name had not been released.

Police said a postmortem examination will be held “in due course”. The man’s next of kin have been spoken to and are being supported by specialist officers.

Detectives from the Met’s specialist crime command are leading the murder investigation.

DCI Kate Blackburn said: “At this stage, we believe an altercation happened between a group of men and the victim, who was with a friend. This then became physical, leading to the victim sadly suffering fatal injuries.

“We have three men in custody, but would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or the lead-up to it as soon as possible.”

Police said anyone with information can contact 101 and give reference 36/14AUG or can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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