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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Birmingham riots: three men killed 'protecting homes'

A murder investigation has been launched after three people were killed “doing the job of the police” during widespread rioting.

Keen amateur boxer Haroon Jahan, 21, and two brothers were hit by a speeding car in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning, Officers have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the deaths and a car has also been recovered.

Tariq Jahan, the father of Haroon, told how he desperately tried to revive his son as he waited for medics to arrive.

“I didn't see it (the fatal incident) with my own eyes. I was round the corner... I heard the car coming at high speed.

“Then we heard the bang and I heard the commotion with the people. I ran towards the commotion and the first guy I found was someone I didn't know.

“I started giving him CPR until somebody pointed out that the guy behind me was my son on the floor.

“Then I swapped positions and started giving him CPR. All the street were out and basically he was looking out for the whole community.”

Police said the incident happened in the Winson Green area of the city at about 1am Wednesday morning.

According to witnesses, the car, containing up to three passengers, hit the three men at around 50mph but did not stop. (more)