Pair charged over death of Chigwell have-a-go hero dad

Father-of-two Shammi Atwal (Picture: Metropolitan Police Service)

Father-of-two Shammi Atwal (Picture: Metropolitan Police Service) - Credit: Archant

Two men have been charged over the death of a Chigwell shop owner who gave chase when a gang of 10 armed men attempted to steal from his store.

Father-of-two Shammi Atwal died when he was pushed under a moving lorry as he pursued the group from his cash and carry shop in River Road, Barking.

Police said two Lithuanian nationals were charged on Saturday evening with manslaughter and robbery in connection with the incident, which took place on Monday.

Vidmantas Gonskoves, 26, of Grange Road, Plaistow, and Aurimas Diliunas, 27 of Rosslyn Road, Barking will appear in custody at Redbridge Magistrates Court today.