The NFRN was shocked and saddened to hear about the senseless murder of London newsagent Ravi Katharkamar, who was attacked while opening his shop in Pinner on 24 March 2019.

To help raise funds for Ravi’s grieving family, the NFRN has set up a fundraising page so that anyone who wants to contribute can.

All donations welcome via our JustGiving page, with all funds going directly to the family.

 

Shock and sadness at senseless newsagent murder

25 March 2019

The NFRN has expressed its shock and sadness at the senseless murder of Pinner newsagent Ravi Katharkamar on Sunday (24 March 2019).

National President Mike Mitchelson said: “Like thousands of independent retailers throughout the country, this newsagent was simply going about his daily business, taking pride in serving his community and providing customers with a service that was second to none when he was brutally murdered – and all for the sake of the contents of his till.

“This crime was both shocking and senseless and the NFRN calls on politicians and police everywhere to make sure that the issue of retail crime is addressed and quickly before other independent retailers become victims.

“On Tuesday (March 26) the Home Affairs Committee in the House of Commons will hear from the National Crime Agency and from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick on knife crime. In the light of this horrific murder – and following a survey released only last week which revealed that 115 shop workers are attacked every day – more has to be done to protect independent retailers and their staff.”

Ravi, 54, died after being attacked while opening Marsh Food and Wine in Pinner at about 6am on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Detectives said the shop’s till had been stolen and may have been dumped somewhere by the robber.

Mr Mitchelson said: “The NFRN sends its deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the murdered man at such a tragic time.”

Urgent talks – with all NFRN departments involved – are currently taking place to decide what action can be taken to assist the family of the murdered man.

The NFRN is seeking to have an urgent question raised in the House of Commons about the safety of shop owners and their staff.

A 44-year-old man was arrested in Harrow on Wednesday (March 27) on suspicion of murder over the death of Ravi Katharkamar.

Please refer to the NFRN Retail Crime document for helpful guidelines.

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