Vigil at Narroway spot where homeless man was brutally assaulted before he died of injuries

A vigil will be held at the spot where a homeless Polish man was brutally assaulted and left with injuries which he died from six days later.

Miroslaw Glaza was found by police close to the Narroway, in Kenmure Road, at the junction with Gould Terrace on November 1.

He was taken by ambulance to The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, but later died from his injuries.

Mr Glaza had moved to London on the promise of work and a better future, leaving behind a wife and two children in his hometown of Bydgoszcz.

His brother, Johannes Maertens, who will lead the ceremony, said: “Miro was not one of the lucky ones and like many unfortunate migrants he was forced to sleep rough on London’s streets; his London life was a struggle and he endured a lot of hardship, often sleeping rough in severe weather.

“We are coming together to pray for Miro Glaza, the victims of street violence and all those who are homeless in London over Christmas.


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“London can be a lonely place, but at Christmas it is most difficult – many people will volunteer at shelters and soup kitchens this year, but we are calling for people to come out for another important work of mercy – to remember those who have died.”

He added: “We will remember Miro at the spot where he was beaten and say for at least one day he is not forgotten.”

The London Catholic Worker community is staging the vigil on Monday at 8pm.

Mr Glazaoften visited the Urban Table soup kitchen run on Sundays at the Round Chapel in Lower Clapton Road, in partnership with the Clapton Park United Reformed Church and the Redeemed Christian Church of God Church.

Mr Glaza will be given a pauper’s funeral in Tower Hamlets during the coming months.

Det Insp Rob Pack, of the Met Police’s homicide and major crime command, said: “The Narroway is a bustling area, particularly on a Friday evening and I am convinced that someone walking past would have seen the incident.

“It is vital that we speak to the outstanding witnesses in order to establish the full events leading up to the victim becoming unconscious in the street.”

n Anyone with information should call 020 8345 3865 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.