London Lite Thursday, 15 October 2009 15 body taken back to hospital in police brutality probe Gaycivilservant,62,killedforstandinguptoteenstaunts Funeral halted by cops 30 minutes before cremation A GAY civil servant was murdered because he dared to stand up to a teenage girl screaming homophobic abuse in Trafalgar Square, police revealed today. Ian Baynham, 62, from Beckenham, was punched and kicked to death while out celebrating his new Home Office job after a long spell without work. He suffered fatal head injuries in the vicious assault by two blonde girls and a boy, all aged 16-20, outside the South African High Commission at 10.45pm on Friday, 25 September. He died on Tuesday this week when doctors switched off his life support. Detective Chief Inspector Clive Heys, leading the hunt for the killers, said: If youre minding your own business when somebody hurls abuse at you, I think youre entitled to remonstrate with them. A FUNERAL was dramatically halted just half an hour before a man was about to be cremated after police decided to launch a fresh probe into his death. The eleventh-hour decision to interrupt the Essex funeral proces- sion for Stuart Smith, 37, a recover- ing heroin addict, was made after allegations of police brutality sur- rounding his death came to light. Mr Smith had been arrested by two officers on 14 September in Colchester town centre. He died three days later of a suspected drugs overdose -- despite his partner claiming he had been clean for 18 months. And as CCTV footage emerged which appeared to show officers using excessive force towards the father-of-five during his arrest, police stopped the hearse so his body could be returned to hospital to undergo more tests. Mr Smiths family and fellow mourners were stunned when the patrol car arrived just minutes before the hearse got to Colchester Crematorium. His furious partner, Nicola Lawson, said: I feel so angry. Considering theyd have had the CCTV footage weeks ago, why did it take so long for them to act? She said despite Essex Police offer- ing to pay for the funeral, nothing could make up for the distress. Essex Police confirmed an officer had been suspended and another put on restricted duty while the probe is carried out, and said the case had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Overdose: ex-heroin addict Stuart Smith by kevin widdop Inbrief seeds of success in kew project KEW GARDENS is celebrating having collected the seeds of 10 per cent of the worlds wild plants, after adding the Yunnan banana from Asia to its Millennium Seed Bank of 24,200 species. Scientists aim to store 25 per cent of plants most at risk from climate change and human activities by 2020. Go to school... and join circus SCHOOLS are replacing more traditional competitive sports with yoga, cheerleading and circus skills. A government survey found that fun sports are replacing rugby and hockey in PE lessons, with schools blaming a lack of facilities. The study also found that only half of pupils had three hours a week of PE. commons brawl man is charged THE director of a media company has been charged with assault after a brawl in the House of Commons. Ian Thomas, 40, co-founder of Sugar Media, allegedly punched a man who had challenged him over his accreditation. Police broke up the fight, in March, using CS spray. He will appear in court later this month. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html