London Battersea man is brutally beaten to death by ‘drug dealers’

A father-of-two who is the son of a Windrush immigrant was beaten to death after telling drug dealers to stop selling outside his home- while statistics today reveal the murder rate has skyrocketed by 14 per cent.

Rubbish collector Ian Tomlin, 46, is the 113th victim of murder in the capital after being brutally battered at the block of flats in Battersea, south London where he lived.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, shortly after his assailants fled following the attack yesterday afternoon.

The 46-year-old is the son of Cecil Tomlin who came to the UK by boat from Jamaica in 1958 and is a member of the Windrush generation- a group of immigrants from Carribean countries who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 at the invitation of the British government, who were facing a labour shortage after World War Two.

The incident in Battersea comes amidst more violence in the past 24 hours in Wild West Britain after a murder investigation was launched in Liverpool where a man was shot and a baby has been injured after thugs fired a gun at a house in Birmingham.

Newly released statistics from the Office for National Statistics report also show the murder rate in the UK has soared by 14 per cent from 630 last year to 719 this year.

Other violent crimes such as those involving a knife have also risen to 39,332 offences, the highest since 2011.

Police at the scene in Battersea, south London yesterday evening. Rubbish collector Ian Tomlin, 46, was killed after bring brutally attacked by drug dealers outside his home

Police at the scene in Battersea, south London yesterday evening. Rubbish collector Ian Tomlin, 46, was killed after bring brutally attacked by drug dealers outside his home

Police at the scene in Battersea, south London yesterday evening. Rubbish collector Ian Tomlin, 46, was killed after bring brutally attacked by drug dealers outside his home

Ian Tomlin's family comfort each other at the scene of the violent crime in south London. Shocked witnesses said there was 'blood everywhere' and claimed Rubbish collector Ian may also have been stabbed in the neck

Ian Tomlin's family comfort each other at the scene of the violent crime in south London. Shocked witnesses said there was 'blood everywhere' and claimed Rubbish collector Ian may also have been stabbed in the neck

Ian Tomlin’s family comfort each other at the scene of the violent crime in south London. Shocked witnesses said there was ‘blood everywhere’ and claimed Rubbish collector Ian may also have been stabbed in the neck

Police and forensics at the scene of the violent incident at a block of flats in Battersea, south London. They have now launched a murder investigation

Police and forensics at the scene of the violent incident at a block of flats in Battersea, south London. They have now launched a murder investigation

Police and forensics at the scene of the violent incident at a block of flats in Battersea, south London. They have now launched a murder investigation

The incident in Battersea comes amidst another shocking 24 hours in Wild West Britain after a baby is injured after shots were fired at a house in Birmingham (pictured) and a murder investigation is launched after a 25-year-old is killed

The incident in Battersea comes amidst another shocking 24 hours in Wild West Britain after a baby is injured after shots were fired at a house in Birmingham (pictured) and a murder investigation is launched after a 25-year-old is killed

The incident in Battersea comes amidst another shocking 24 hours in Wild West Britain after a baby is injured after shots were fired at a house in Birmingham (pictured) and a murder investigation is launched after a 25-year-old is killed

Police officers enter the cordon today following the murder of Ian Tomlin, a rubbish collector and father-of-two. It comes just a day after crime statistics reveal the murder rate in the UK has soared by 14 per cent from 630 last year to 719 this year

Police officers enter the cordon today following the murder of Ian Tomlin, a rubbish collector and father-of-two. It comes just a day after crime statistics reveal the murder rate in the UK has soared by 14 per cent from 630 last year to 719 this year

Police officers enter the cordon today following the murder of Ian Tomlin, a rubbish collector and father-of-two. It comes just a day after crime statistics reveal the murder rate in the UK has soared by 14 per cent from 630 last year to 719 this year

A forensic officer examines the crime scene in Battersea, south London. The data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed jumps in the numbers of recorded robberies (up 22%), sexual offences (up 18%), vehicle-related theft (up 7%) and burglaries (2%)

A forensic officer examines the crime scene in Battersea, south London. The data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed jumps in the numbers of recorded robberies (up 22%), sexual offences (up 18%), vehicle-related theft (up 7%) and burglaries (2%)

A forensic officer examines the crime scene in Battersea, south London. The data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed jumps in the numbers of recorded robberies (up 22%), sexual offences (up 18%), vehicle-related theft (up 7%) and burglaries (2%)

Police and forensic teams at the scene in Battersea, south London. Police have now launched a murder investigation

Police and forensic teams at the scene in Battersea, south London. Police have now launched a murder investigation

Police and forensic teams at the scene in Battersea, south London. Police have now launched a murder investigation

A startling 24 hours of violence and crime in Wild West Britain:

  • Father-of-two Ian Tomlin is brutally beaten to death after asking drug dealers to stop selling outside his home.
  • A baby is injured after thugs fire at two houses in Birmingham in a shocking drive by-shooting which left the vulnerable tot showered in broken glass.
  • In Liverpool a murder investigation has been launched by police after a man has been shot ‘multiple times’. Detectives believe the shooting, the sixth in Merseyside in the last 10 days, was a targeted attack.

Shocked witnesses in Battersea said there was ‘blood everywhere’ and claimed former boxer Ian may also have been stabbed in the neck.

Meanwhile in Birmingham a baby was hurt after gunshots were fired at a house during the early hours of the morning shattering a window.

The window of a house was blasted just before 3am on Thursday [Oct 18] whilst a second house was shot at around five minutes later, before a car was seen driving away.

Officers confirmed that the damage had been caused by a gunshot and a baby, that was in the house at the time, suffered a minor injury from broken glass and was taken to hospital.

And in Liverpool police have launched a murder probe after a 25-year-old man was shot ‘multiple times’ in Wavertree- in what detectives think is a targeted attack.

London is at the centre of fears of rising levels of violence, after the number of killings in the capital topped 100 this summer. The 113th victim is Ian Tomlin

London is at the centre of fears of rising levels of violence, after the number of killings in the capital topped 100 this summer. The 113th victim is Ian Tomlin

London is at the centre of fears of rising levels of violence, after the number of killings in the capital topped 100 this summer. The 113th victim is Ian Tomlin

 Speaking at the scene in Battersea, south London, Ian’s grieving father Cecil Tomlin, 84, said his son shared his fears over people dealing drugs outside his ground floor flat two months ago.

Great-grandfather and dad-of-seven Cecil, who lives nearby, said he believed drug dealers had killed his son.

He said: ‘He has been afraid of them.

‘He don’t smoke and they were selling drugs outside his house.

‘He said ‘Don’t sell here!’ He said ‘Don’t come here and sell drugs because I can’t stand the scent of it’.

‘He said ‘no you don’t come in’.

A forensic officer takes a picture at the scene following the murder of Ian Tomlin yesterday. The violence plaguing Britain's streets has continued today, after a baby was injured after being shot in Birmingham and a murder investigation has been launched

A forensic officer takes a picture at the scene following the murder of Ian Tomlin yesterday. The violence plaguing Britain's streets has continued today, after a baby was injured after being shot in Birmingham and a murder investigation has been launched

A forensic officer takes a picture at the scene following the murder of Ian Tomlin yesterday. The violence plaguing Britain’s streets has continued today, after a baby was injured after being shot in Birmingham and a murder investigation has been launched

Father-of-two Ian Tomlin, 46, was brutally battered at the block of flats in Battersea, south London, where his family live yesterday afternoon. Forensics and police pictured at the scene last night

Father-of-two Ian Tomlin, 46, was brutally battered at the block of flats in Battersea, south London, where his family live yesterday afternoon. Forensics and police pictured at the scene last night

Father-of-two Ian Tomlin, 46, was brutally battered at the block of flats in Battersea, south London, where his family live yesterday afternoon. Forensics and police pictured at the scene last night

A forensic officer enters the crime scene in Battersea, south London. He was described by neighbours at the estate of being the 'loveliest man'

A forensic officer enters the crime scene in Battersea, south London. He was described by neighbours at the estate of being the 'loveliest man'

A forensic officer enters the crime scene in Battersea, south London. He was described by neighbours at the estate of being the ‘loveliest man’

‘He used to do boxing. He was a very good father.

‘I know he was a good man, he was very good, he was very kind to everybody. Everybody likes him.

‘The Government needs to do something because they are very bad men.’ 

Today Ian Tomlin’s father said too little is being done to put a halt to the surging lawlessness seen on the capital’s streets.

 And he said anyone carrying a gun or knife should face life in prison because the habit is so dangerous.

Mr Tomlin described how he found his son Ian Tomlin, 46, dying in a stairwell not long after being alerted to the disturbance by phone.

 He said: ‘All this needs to stop.

Murder probe after man shot in Liverpool

In another day of violence in Wild West Britain a murder investigation is underway after a man was shot outside a house in Liverpool.  

Armed police swooped on Wavertree, at around 10.40pm last night following reports four shots had been fired outside a house.

 Merseyside police confirmed a murder probe had been launched after the 25-year-old victim died in hospital during the early hours today.

Detectives believe the shooting, the sixth in Merseyside in the last 10 days, was a targeted attack.

The man has been identified and his next of kin are in the process of being informed.

 A resident who heard the gunshots said: ‘It was just before 11 and I heard four shots being fired on the street.

‘I heard the sirens arriving outside about two or three minutes later.

‘Neighbours are saying the guy was shot four times.’

 

‘The government, when they catch these people with drugs they should charge them and put them in prison for life.

‘If they have a gun they should put them in prison for life even if they don’t kill anybody.

‘They should stop them.

‘The police aren’t doing anything about them.’

Mr Tomlin, who lives just minutes from where his son was killed and who is originally from Jamaica, is separated from his son’s mother.

He arrived in Britain in 1958 as part of the Windrush generation and has lived in Battersea ever since.

Mr Tomlin worked at London Transport for more almost 40 years and had seven children with his wife Losette. 

Ian was the youngest and had lived on the Donnington & Rollo estate all his life. Three of his siblings also lived on the estate where he was killed.

Mr Tomlin said: “I’ve never seen things as bad as this. People on the estate are too frightened to go out. The gangs have taken over and the police do nothing.

“Ian’s death was waiting to happen. I’ve rung the police many times about gangs, drug dealing and youngsters carrying knives on this estate. Most of the time they don’t even bother to show up. Our community is being ruined by violence.

“Last year the council removed most of the cc TV cameras. Speak to anyone round here and they’ll tell you how the area’s gone downhill. I’ve never felt this unsafe in London.”

Ian was one of seven brothers. He worked as a rubbish collector and had two children aged nine and ten with an ex partner.

He said his son died protecting his kids.

‘They were selling drugs,’ he said.

‘He came back from work and they killed him outside.

‘It’s not the first time – he had told them before not to press the buzzer.

‘He has kids and they were smoking on the landing outside.

‘He had asked them before and nothing had happened but he asked them this time and something happened.

‘He had asked them before more than twice.

‘There was a mix of black and white people. I don’t know how many.

‘My son Alfred phoned and told me.

‘I left and went over there and I found him on the floor.

‘He was a nice person. He was a good son. Of course I’m proud of him.

‘He tried to tell them but he didn’t get through and they killed him.

‘He was a former boxer and he liked driving. He had a girlfriend who lives abroad.

‘I don’t know if she knows. I feel bad. He was living life how I would live my life.’

London is at the centre of fears of rising levels of violence, after the number of killings in the capital topped 100 this summer.

Statistics released today show the number of homicides nationwide is up from 630 to 719, with overall recorded crime up by almost 10%.

The number of offences registered as involving a knife or sharp instrument, 39,332, was the highest since 2011, when comparable records started.

The data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed jumps in the numbers of recorded robberies (up 22%), sexual offences (up 18%), vehicle-related theft (up 7%) and burglaries (2%).

The 46-year-old was described as the ‘loveliest, kindest guy’ by a neighbour in his estate today.

The woman wished not to be named over fear of reprisals from his killers but added: ‘He was a devoted dad.

‘Ian was very against the drug dealers right where he was murdered on that first floor landing and especially the antisocial behaviour when he had his children with him – noise up to four of five in the morning.

‘The police haven’t been able to tackle the rise of drugs on this estate.

‘I’m absolutely terrified. He was a young, strong really lovely black guy who was the nicest kindest person and he was really muscular.

‘You could tell he was a boxer. If they can kill him they can kill anyone.

‘I believe it was five people – it would have taken five, it’s just terrifying.’

The neighbour said Ian lived alone in his flat for at least ten years.

His partner and two children moved away but are now living in an upstairs flat within the block.

Another parent who lives in the block with his children, said: ‘You do see people in this block and other blocks sat down and police had been notified.

Father of the victim, Cecil Tomlin, said his son shared his fears over people dealing drugs outside his ground floor flat two months ago

Father of the victim, Cecil Tomlin, said his son shared his fears over people dealing drugs outside his ground floor flat two months ago

Father of the victim, Cecil Tomlin, said his son shared his fears over people dealing drugs outside his ground floor flat two months ago

‘I have seen other drugs taken here and not cannabis.

‘They have been hiding out on the stairwells and doing it and my son used to hate taking the lift and coming down the stairs because they, again you would see somebody doing the stairs.’

 London recorded its 100 murder in September, with even long-serving Met detectives shocked by the volume of violent crime and ferocity of some attacks in the capital this year.

A breakdown of the London killings released today shows 55 happened in public places and 22 are believed to be gang-related. Forty of those killed were aged under 25.

Of the grim total, 64 of the deaths were caused by stabbings, 10 were shootings and 18 were violent assaults. A breakdown of the victims shows 43 were described as Afro Carribean, while 36 were white.

Meanwhile, Britain’s second biggest city, Birmingham, has seen gun crime rates rise above those of London.

Police cordons remain at the scene today. 

No arrests have been made and murder cops continue to appeal for witnesses.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died following an assault in Battersea.

‘Officers were called at 5.30pm on Wednesday to reports of a group of males fighting at Charlotte Despard Avenue.

‘Police attended along with paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance.

‘At the scene a 46-year-old man was found with injuries after having been assaulted.

‘He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.15pm. Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be scheduled in due course.’

He added: ‘All other suspects had fled the scene prior to police arrival.

‘The incident took place within a communal area of a block of flats in Charlotte Despard Avenue.

‘Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating and ask anyone with information that could assist their enquiries to call the incident room.’

Residents of a council estate in Battersea where a former boxer was stabbed to death on a first floor landing said drug dealers are terrorising them.

One resident said: ‘Everyone is too afraid to talk. I phone in complaints but nothing happens.

‘There are always problems around here, there is a gang who hide from the police behind my kids’ nursery.

‘I saw a man get cornered by two guys, they pulled a huge knife on him like yesterday.

Describing the landing where Ian Tomlin was murdered she added: ‘Its just like on long corridor, you don’t go down there.

‘They’re always dealing drugs or doing something.’

Mr Tomlin was the 113th person to be murdered in the capital so far this year.

Do you known Ian Tomlin? Contact joe.middleton@mailonline.co.uk 

Murder rate rockets by 14% and knife crime soars by 12% in a year – as stats show offences solved are at lowest in three years

By Richard Spillett 

The number of murders in the UK has soared by 14% as the number of knife crimes and robberies also rises.

London is at the centre of fears of rising levels of violence, after the number of killings in the capital topped 100 this summer.

But statistics released today show the number of homicides nationwide is up from 630 to 719, with overall recorded crime up by almost 10%.

The number of offences registered as involving a knife or sharp instrument, 39,332, was the highest since 2011, when comparable records started.  

Worrying crime statistics released today show homicides, knife crimes and robberies all up, after another 24 hours of worrying violence in Wild West Britain

Worrying crime statistics released today show homicides, knife crimes and robberies all up, after another 24 hours of worrying violence in Wild West Britain

Worrying crime statistics released today show homicides, knife crimes and robberies all up, after another 24 hours of worrying violence in Wild West Britain

The data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed jumps in the numbers of recorded robberies (up 22%), sexual offences (up 18%), vehicle-related theft (up 7%) and burglaries (2%).

Meanwhile, separate Home Office data showed that only 8.7% of recorded offences resulted in a charge or summons.

In 46.6% of cases, the investigation was completed without a suspect being identified. This percentage was down slightly year-on-year.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: ‘These figures are a tragic indictment of this Tory government’s policies.’

Graphs show the number of homicides in the UK rising in the last two years. London recorded its 100 murder in September, with even long-serving Met detectives shocked by the volume of violent crime and ferocity of some attacks in the capital this year

Graphs show the number of homicides in the UK rising in the last two years. London recorded its 100 murder in September, with even long-serving Met detectives shocked by the volume of violent crime and ferocity of some attacks in the capital this year

Graphs show the number of homicides in the UK rising in the last two years. London recorded its 100 murder in September, with even long-serving Met detectives shocked by the volume of violent crime and ferocity of some attacks in the capital this year

The other measure used to track levels of offending, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), showed that most types of crime have stayed at similar levels to the previous year, including violence.

However, estimates drawn from the survey did show an 8% increase in theft compared with the previous year.

London recorded its 100 murder in September, with even long-serving Met detectives shocked by the volume of violent crime and ferocity of some attacks in the capital this year.

A breakdown of the London killings released today shows 55 happened in public places and 22 are believed to be gang-related. Forty of those killed were aged under 25.

Of the grim total, 64 of the deaths were caused by stabbings, 10 were shootings and 18 were violent assaults. A breakdown of the victims shows 43 were described as Afro Carribean, while 36 were white.

Meanwhile, Britain’s second biggest city, Birmingham, has seen gun crime rates rise above those of London.

Worryingly, statistics show the number of knife crimes is at its highest level since 2011. A breakdown of the London killings released today shows 55 happened in public places and 22 are believed to be gang-related. Forty of those killed were aged under 25

Worryingly, statistics show the number of knife crimes is at its highest level since 2011. A breakdown of the London killings released today shows 55 happened in public places and 22 are believed to be gang-related. Forty of those killed were aged under 25

Worryingly, statistics show the number of knife crimes is at its highest level since 2011. A breakdown of the London killings released today shows 55 happened in public places and 22 are believed to be gang-related. Forty of those killed were aged under 25

There have already been over 33 homicides in the city this year alone, with over 25 gun crimes per 100,000 people, higher than in London.

Commenting on today’s stats, Joe Traynor from the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice said: ‘Over recent decades, we’ve seen continued falls in overall levels of crime but in the last year the trend has been more stable.

‘The latest figures show no change in the total level of crime but variation by crime types.

‘We saw rises in some types of theft and in some lower-volume but higher-harm types of violence, balanced by a fall in the high-volume offence of computer misuse.

‘There was no change in other high-volume offences such as overall violence, criminal damage and fraud. To put today’s crime survey figures into context, only two out of 10 adults experienced crime in the latest year.’


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