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Tributes paid to have-a-go hero

Sukhwinder Singh
Mr Singh gave chase before being stabbed to death

Tributes have been paid to a "brave" builder who was stabbed to death after chasing bag-snatchers in east London.

Sukhwinder Singh, 31, was attacked on Friday as he pursued two men who had mugged a 28-year-old woman in Barking.

Mr Singh died at the Royal London Hospital. A post mortem test showed he died from a stab wound to the heart.

Barking councillor Nirmal Singh Gill said: "He would help anybody so it doesn't surprise me he was trying to help a lady."

He continued: "He didn't deserve this - but he was a special young man.

"It's a very big loss to everyone both here and in India."

Police said father-of-one Mr Singh was an Indian national who had lived in the UK for about 10 years.

They added that he had cousins in Barking but his family lived in India.

A committed Sikh, Mr Singh used to go to Singh Sabha London East Gurdwara in North Street, Barking, every evening after work.

He was known locally by his nickname "Bittu".

'A brave thing'

Mohammad Jubran, 22, who lives in Victoria Road, where Mr Singh was stabbed, said: "It's terrible. I've been living here for 16 years and it's the first time I have heard someone has been murdered.

"It was a brave thing he did."

The two suspects were described as black, aged in their 20s to 30s, and both were about 5ft 7in to 6ft.

Detective Inspector John Sandlin said Mr Singh was not connected to the woman whose bag was snatched.

He said: "This was a very tragic incident but thankfully they are extremely rare.

"I would not encourage people to get involved, I'd encourage people to call 999 so the police can respond.

"What Mr Singh did do was very brave."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said people should not be deterred from intervening if they witnessed a crime as long as they put their own safety first.

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