Industry mourns the loss of “hard-working” Polish butcher
Published:  07 September, 2016

The industry has shown its support and respect after the murder of Polish butcher in Essex, Arkadiusz (Arek) Jozwik. 

40-year-old Jozwik was employed by Riverway Foods in Harlow. He was part of a group which was assaulted at about 11.35pm on Saturday, August 27 outside the TGF Pizza and Mr Luigi’s takeaway shops in The Stow. After a blow to the face, the “hard-working family man” fell to the ground where he hit his head. Having sustained serious head injuries he was transferred from the Princess Alexandra Hospital to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he died on Monday evening, August 29.

Essex police are investigating this “tragic and brutal” murder as a hate crime.

A company spokesman for Riverway Foods said: “We are deeply saddened at the tragic death of Arkadiusz who has been working for us for a number of years and was a valued employee.

“At this time our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Our priority now is to provide support for our workforce who have been deeply affected.”

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has said that it will support Jozwik’s family at this difficult time.

“We would look very favourably on giving any support that we could to the family of Arkadiusz,” BDCI chairman Ian Kelly told Meat Trades Journal.

“We are appalled by what has happened and we will give as much support as we possibly can to the family once we are aware of what their needs are.”

Essex police are calling for any witnesses to help with the investigation. “I am appealing for anyone who was in the area between 10pm and midnight that Saturday to please come forward,” said detective chief inspector Martin Pasmore, of Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. “In particular, I would like to speak to a man wearing shorts who was talking to the victims beside a large flower bed before the incident.

“I am also appealing for the members of the group present at the time of the incident to come forward and give me their account of what happened.

“I believe they and others could hold vital evidence that will help establish what it was that led to Arek’s tragic death.”

Four boys aged 15 and one aged 16, all from Harlow, were arrested on Monday, 29 August on suspicion of attempted murder and further arrested on suspicion of murder. They have since been released on bail pending further enquiries until 7 October.

Jozwik’s family said: “We are all extremely devastated at the sad loss of our brother, son and uncle Arek.

“This is obviously a very difficult time for us as Arek was taken from us so suddenly and unexpectedly.

“He was a hard-working man who love spending time with his family, specifically his nephew, with whom he loved to play table football.”

Anyone with information about the murder investigation is asked to contact the Harlow Major Investigation Team on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.