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Murder probe over dead bank chief

The area on Gaol Hill cordoned off by police following the assault
The area near the Guildhall was cordoned off by police after the assault

A banking boss has died after coming to the aid of two people being assaulted in Norwich.

The attack happened in the Guildhall Hill area of the city near a taxi rank early on Sunday.

The chief operating officer at Barclays Wealth, Frank McGarahan, 45, intervened when he saw the attack.

He suffered head injuries and died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on Monday. Norfolk police have started a murder inquiry.

A bank spokesman said: "It is with deep regret that Barclays has learned of the death of Frank McGarahan, chief operating officer at Barclays Wealth.

"Frank was a valued member of the team at Barclays Wealth and he will be sadly missed by his colleagues.

"The thoughts of all at Barclays go out to Frank's wife and family. The matter is now subject to police investigation."

Barclays Wealth employs 7,700 staff in 20 countries and manages assets worth 133bn.

The bank last week acquired the private investment business of Lehmann Brothers, the United States financial institution that went into bankruptcy following the troubles in the financial system in North America.

A post-mortem examination on Mr McGarahan, who lived in Hertfordshire, is due to take place on Tuesday, the police spokesman said.

Taxi queue

Det Sup Chris Hobley said: "Mr McGarahan was spending a quiet evening out with family and friends ahead of a family christening in Norwich on Sunday

"He witnessed an assault while queuing for a taxi on Guildhall Hill, after which he sustained a fatal injury.

"Officers are reviewing CCTV footage from around the city centre area and following up a number of lines of inquiry.

"Norwich city centre is generally a safe place and there were a number of people in the vicinity of the incident."

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