A father-of-two was beaten to death after telling drug dealers to stop selling outside his home and a baby has been hurt after thugs shot at a house in another day of violence in Wild West Britain- while statistics today reveal the murder rate has skyrocketed in the UK by 14 per cent.
Bus driver 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.
Shocked witnesses said there was ‘blood everywhere’ and claimed ex-boxer Ian may also have been stabbed in the neck.
It comes as Office for National Statistics report shows the murder rate in the UK has soared by 14 per cent from 630 last year to 719 this year.
And other violent crimes such as those involving a knife have also risen to 39,332 offences, the highest since 2011.
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’.