UK man dies in 'gang fight'

2012-06-30 16:33
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London - British police said on Saturday they had arrested five people after a man was stabbed to death at a shopping centre that will be the main gateway to the London Olympics, a statement said.

A 24-year-old man died in a fight between several men at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, east London, which took place as hundreds of invited guests were touring the nearby Olympic Park.

Metropolitan police on Saturday said they believed some people had filmed the fight on their cellphones and urged them to come forward. Media reports said it was a gang fight.

The Times newspaper quoted witnesses as saying two groups of men had gathered and thrown chairs and shop units at each other.

The shopping centre will provide the main access to the Olympic Park, with visitors facing airport-style security screening.

Britain is mounting its biggest-ever peacetime security operation for the Olympics, which run from July 27 to August 12, deploying more than 40 000 security personnel.

Authorities hope the Olympic project will help to regenerate the host boroughs of London, which are among Britain's most deprived areas.

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