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Bexley fatal attack: Victim was celebrating birthday

Scene of the attack in Bexley
Image caption Paul Gunner was attacked on his birthday as he stood outside a kebab shop

A man out celebrating his birthday has died from head injuries following an attack in south-east London.

Three men approached Paul Gunner, 32, who lived locally, as he stood outside a kebab shop on Bourne Road, Bexley, at about 01:00 BST, police said.

Mr Gunner fell to the ground after being punched during an altercation. The suspects fled towards Gravel Hill.

Police believe the three men attacked another man outside the same shop 10 minutes before the fatal incident.

The two incidents are not connected, the Metropolitan Police said. The victim in the first incident was not seriously injured and left the scene.

No-one has been arrested over the attack as yet.

'Unprovoked assaults'

Mr Gunner, who suffered injuries to the head, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 02:30 BST. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

Det Ch Insp Caroline Goode said: "Paul Gunner lost his life on a night which should have been a celebration for him and his family.

"I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this assault, or the altercation that occurred shortly before, to contact police.

"I am particularly keen to speak to the victim of the first assault as he may hold vital details which could help us identify the suspects.

"These are two, apparently, unprovoked assaults. Those who carried out these assaults may not be aware of the tragic consequences of their actions."

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