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Shopkeeper is killed over a packet of cigarette papers: Father was punched to the ground as he tried to stop yobs smashing up store when they were refused service

Shopkeeper is killed over a packet of cigarette papers: Father was punched to the ground as he tried to stop yobs smashing up store when they were refused service

A shopkeeper was killed after three youths were told they were too young to buy cigarette papers.

Father-of-two Vijay Patel, 49, was hit in the chest as he tried to stop his workplace being smashed up after a colleague refused to sell them Rizlas.

The blow sent him crashing to the ground where he suffered a fatal head wound.

His family last night told how he moved to London from India in 2006 to create a better life for his wife Vibha and their two sons. His brother, Prakash, 47, said: ‘He was the greatest man in the world. He died trying to protect the shop. Vijay Patel is pictured in hospital after he suffered a fatal head wound when he was struck to the ground by youths in north-west London ‘He worked all hours to fund [his sons’ education costs] and worked very hard to support the family.’

Residents of well-heeled Mill Hill, in north west London, spoke of their shock that such an attack could take place in a largely ‘tight-knit, quiet middle class’ community.

Rizla papers, used for hand-rolling cigarettes, are also used to roll joints of cannabis. Like cigarettes, they cannot be sold to anyone aged under 18. Mr Patel […]

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