Father tells of how he tried to revive son

The father of one of the victims mowed down by a car and killed while protecting their community from looters has told reporters reporters how he tried to revive his son after he was knocked down.

Tariq Jahan, father of Haroon Jahan, who lives about 40 yards from the scene of the incident, told BBC Radio 5 live: “All the street were out and basically he was looking out for the whole community.

”I didn’t see it (the fatal incident) with my own eyes. I was round the corner... I heard the car coming at high speed.

”Then we heard the bang and I heard the commotion with the people. I ran towards the commotion and the first guy I found was someone I didn’t know.

”I started giving him CPR until somebody pointed out that the guy behind me was my son on the floor.

”Then I swapped positions and started giving him CPR.”

Asked to describe his son, who was a keen amateur boxer, Mr Jahan said: “He was a good lad. He was very, very intelligent, very smart.

”He was a good, gifted kid.”

Mr Jahan went on: “You can’t explain losing a son. It’s going to be hard for me now.”

The grieving father also appealed for there to be no revenge for his son’s death and for the law to be allowed to take its course.

”Tensions are already high in the area. It’s already bad enough what we are seeing on the streets now without other people taking the law into their own hands,” he said.

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