Detectives have arrested four men after a man was killed in a ‘deliberate’ hit-and-run in a supermarket car park.
The Metropolitan Police rushed to Iceland car park on Whalebone Lane South in Dagenham at around 11.43pm last Sunday (September 13) following reports that a car had hit a pedestrian.
John Avers, 47, was found at the scene with serious injuries, but sadly died at the scene not long after.
Yesterday (September 18), officers stopped a vehicle on the A2 near Gravesend at around 11.30pm, with the help of Kent Police.
One man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at a north London police station.
Two women were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, however they have since been released under investigation.
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Today, a second man, aged 58, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
He was detained in Southend-on-Sea and remains in custody at a police station in Essex.
Mr Avers’ family have been informed.
A post-mortem examination found that he died from multiple injuries.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime North team, is leading the murder investigation.
He said: “My thoughts are with John’s family at this very sad time.
“I and my officers believe John was deliberately harmed and we are treating this incident as a murder inquiry.
“We are using every available tactic to trace who was responsible for John’s death.
“I know that there were people in the area and I am asking them to tell us what they saw or heard. If you know anything at all about this horrible crime, please don’t keep it to yourself.
“If you don’t want to talk to us, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously. The most important thing you can do is share what you know.”
If you have any information, you should call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 8443/13Sep.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.