Ealing riots: Boy charged with Richard Bowes murder

Richard Mannington Bowes
Image caption Richard Bowes died of head injuries sustained in an attack

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murdering a man during riots in London.

Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, died three days after being attacked as he tried to stamp out a fire in Ealing, west London, on 8 August.

The boy, who cannot be named, has also been charged with violent disorder and four counts of burglary.

His mother has been charged with perverting the course of justice and both are due to appear in courts in Croydon on Tuesday.

The boy will appear at Croydon Youth Court while his mother is due at the magistrates' court.

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Bowes has been bailed.

Memorial fund

Daren Streeter, head of the CPS London Homicide Unit, said: "The CPS has this evening authorised that a 16-year-old male should be charged with the murder of Richard Mannington Bowes.

"As with all prosecutions, we will keep the case against the defendant under review and consider any new evidence provided to us by the police during their ongoing investigation into this incident."

Mr Bowes, of Haven Green, Ealing, died of head injuries on 11 August, a post-mortem examination revealed.

The Richard Mannington Bowes Relief Fund has been set up to help people living in the area who were affected by the riots.

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