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Murder victim 'ignored by police too busy eating Pot Noodle', claims reporter

By cfayfineran  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

Bijan Ebrahimi

Bijan Ebrahimi

A police officer ignored a cry for help from a murder victim who was tormented by a hate mob because he was busy eating a Pot Noodle, it was claimed yesterday.

Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was beaten to death and set alight by vigilantes who wrongly believed the Iranian-born refugee was a paedophile.

A court was last week told that disabled Mr Ebrahimi had made repeated calls to police in the 48 hours before his murder – but "those calls were not responded to".

New allegations at the weekend, made by ITV News reporter Bob Constantine, suggested one police officer was overheard refusing to visit him "because he didn't want his Pot Noodle to get cold".

Mr Constantince also said he had been told Mr Ebrahimi banged on the door of a police station for help but was ignored – despite staff being inside.

Mr Ebrahimi, who had back problems that prevented him working, had been taking pictures of vandals who were destroying his beloved flowerbed to hand to local authorities.

But some neighbours suspected him of photographing their children and he was arrested, before being released without charge after officers examined his camera, videos and computer but found nothing suspicious.

Just two days later he was beaten to death, before being set alight 100 metres from his maisonette in Brislington, Bristol. Lee James, 24, who was filmed threatening Mr Ebrahimi, was sentenced to life on Thursday with a minimum of 18 years for his murder.

Neighbour Stephen Norley, 25, was jailed for four years for helping to set his body alight.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the police's handling of the case and three police officers are currently suspended.

Avon and Somerset police said they were unable to discuss any allegations which may form part of the IPCC investigation.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "While I am not going to draw any conclusions before the IPCC investigation and any other reviews are complete I am determined to look publicly at what could or should have been done differently."

The IPCC report is expected to be completed and made public early next year.