CCTV images released in relation to The Stow murder

Politics / Tue 6th Sep 2016 pm30 04:22pm

Police investigating the murder of a Harlow man are releasing a number of images from CCTV of people they would like to speak to.

Arkadiusz Jozwik, 40, was assaulted at about 11.35pm on Saturday, August 27 outside the TGF Pizza and Mr Luigi’s takeaway shops in The Stow.
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He suffered head injuries and was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he died on Monday evening, August 29.

A 43-year-old man from Harlow was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with suspected fractures to his hands and bruising to his stomach. He has since been discharged from hospital.

During the course of police enquiries, a third man, aged 40, was also found to have been assaulted.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Arek Jozwik was a hard working family man who lost his life in a most tragic and brutal way, and my thoughts are very much with his family and friends as they grieve his loss.

My team and I are doing everything we can to establish exactly what happened and bring those responsible to justice

We are investigating his murder as a hate crime but there are other lines of enquiry that we need to look at and the information you can give us could be vital.

“From viewing CCTV we know that Arek and two friends went to TGF Pizza takeaway in The Stow, Harlow, at about 11.10pm on Saturday August 27 and ordered a pizza.

“They then went outside and spoke with a group of youths as well as other passers-by for up to about twenty minutes.

“However it can be seen that the atmosphere then changed and there was a verbal argument.

“It is during this altercation that Arek receives a single punch to the face, causing him to fall backwards and bang his head on the ground.

“There followed a short scuffle between Arek’s friends and a few other people, before the suspects leave the scene.

“Arek died the following Monday and a post mortem examination has established a provisional cause of death as a head injury.

“I know there were numerous people in The Stow, many of whom will have witnessed the incident and would have been shocked by what they saw.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area between 10pm and midnight that Saturday to please come forward. In particular, I would like to speak to a man wearing shorts who was talking to the victims beside a large flower bed before the incident.

“I am also appealing for the members of the group present at the time of the incident to come forward and give me their account of what happened.

“I believe they and others could hold vital evidence that will help establish what it was that led to Arek’s tragic death.”

Chief Superintendent Sean O’Callaghan said: “We fully understand that residents in Harlow have been left deeply shocked by the murder of Arek Jozwik, and the assault of two Polish men in Kitson Way on Sunday September 4.

“We are investigating both incidents as separate hate crimes. I want to reassure the Polish community in Harlow, across Essex and other minority communities that we are treating these very seriously.

“Harlow is a strong and resilient community and we are working with residents, the Polish community and community leaders to listen to, and address, your concerns.

“We do not tolerate hate crime. Whether it’s an incident that takes place online or in the street, it’s important to let us know about hate crime to give us a chance to investigate and prosecute offenders and to ensure that victims and the wider community are protected.

“We can’t deal with the problem unless it is reported to us so we need anyone experiencing hate crime or knows someone who is to tell us about it. We will take action and we will do our best to help you.

“We also know that local people have expressed concerns about anti-social behaviour in The Stow.

“Over the last few months we have responded to those concerns by increasing patrols and gathering information and evidence. Local patrols have been increased again in light of these recent events, and we have also put in place a dispersal order giving us further powers to make people leave The Stow if they are causing harassment, alarm or distress.

“We have also been working with Harlow Council to address wider issues of anti-social behaviour including talking with residents and young people congregating in the area and gathering intelligence to identify the culprits.

“You have recently been telling us about further incidents and I continue to urge people who are experiencing these issues to please continue to report them to us or Harlow Council.”

• Anyone with information about the murder investigation is asked to contact the Harlow Major Investigation Team on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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