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Father speaks of sadness at son's death in riots

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Father speaks of sadness at son's death in riots


A grief-stricken father has been talking about the moment when he attempted to save his son’s life after he was struck by a car during overnight riots in Birmingham. The victim died along with two other men in the incident. Police have started a murder inquiry.

Tarik Jahan’s son Haroon was one of the victims.

“I heard the thud, ran around and I’ve seen three people on the ground. My instinct was to help the three people. I didn’t know who they were, who’d been injured. I helped the first man and somebody from behind told me that my own son was lying there behind me. So I started CPR on my own son. My face was covered in blood, Why? Why?

I have three kids, two boys and one girl, well I did have two boys. He was the youngest and anything I ever wanted done I always asked Haroon to sort it out for me,” he said.

Haroon and the other two men had been part of a group attempting the protect businesses from rioters. One witness said the car deliberately swerved towards them.

The ambulance service said when they arrived they took over the attempt to revive the victims but it became quickly apparent that they had suffered massive injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Around 250 people have been arrested during two days of rioting in the city, the second largest in the UK.

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