A man has died in a supermarket car park after being attacked following a row about a parking space.

The 64-year-old man, who has yet to be identified, was punched by another pensioner in the disabled parking bay of the Asda store in Biggleswade.

Suffering from head injuries after being knocked to the ground, the man was taken to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge where he was later pronounced dead.

A postmortem examination is due to be carried out today to determine the exact cause of death.

A 65-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of manslaughter and has been released on bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Redfearn from Bedfordshire Police said: "I know the car park would have been very busy on a Saturday afternoon, so if you were there please contact the police in confidence."

A spokesman for Asda said: “We are helping the police get to the bottom of what happened.

“Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family during this difficult time.”

This incident is the latest in a series of assaults in supermarket car parks in recent years. In 2008, a former soldier was arrested on suspicion of causing racially aggravated assault after punching a man over a disabled bay at an Asda store in Bolton.

A year earlier, a mother was slapped in the face in front of her small children after challenging a motorist for parking in a parent and child only spot in Fareham, Hampshire.

A recent investigation revealed that the big supermarkets are largely powerless to enforce the correct use of both disabled and parent and child spaces.

Is incorrect parking an issue that has affected you? How do you think supermarkets could better enforce correct use of their parking bays? Have your say below.

Daljinder Nagra


August 5, 2013