December 7 2013 Latest news:
Sara Odeen-Isbister , Senior Reporter
Friday, May 25, 2012
A father who was stabbed to death after chasing two muggers in Barking has been awarded a posthumous prize for bravery.
Sukhwinder Singh, 31, received a gold award at the annual ACPO Police Public Bravery Awards, which recognise outstanding acts of courage.
His killers have still not been caught and police hope the award, presented at a ceremony in Manchester on May 24, will prompt members of the community to come forward with information about the attack.
On January 8 2010 Mr Singh chased two men after he saw them steal a young woman’s handbag and mobile phone.
As he reached the corner of Uphall Road and Victoria Road a fight broke out and he was stabbed.
The 31-year-old builder, of Harts Lane, Barking, died in hospital later that day. He left behind a wife and a son.
Acting Det Ch Insp, Andrew Kelly, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “Sukhwinder’s family remain devastated by his loss but are very proud that he has been nominated for this award and of his courageous actions in helping a vulnerable victim of street robbery.
“This award is richly deserved. Sukhwinder displayed the highest values of public spirit and courage by tackling the two suspects who had robbed a woman of her handbag and phone. Tragically he paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions.
“This is an active investigation and I hope that today’s posthumous award may prompt members of the local community who I still believe hold vital information to now come forward.”
Anyone with information regarding Mr Singh’s murder can call police on 020 8345 3775 Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.