Man, 49, killed after BMW driven at him named by police

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The car was driven at pedestrians during an altercation between two groups of men, police said. (Reach)

A 49-year-old man who was killed after a BMW was driven into him in Walton-on-Thames has been named as Matthew Tester.

The white BMW was reportedly driven at two men during the argument outside an M&S store in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on Thursday afternoon.

Tester, known locally as Tik, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second man was airlifted to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Surrey Police said the 26-year-old owner of the car had been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He remains in custody.

One man was killed and another left with serious injuries, police said. (Reach)

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Detective Chief Inspector David Springett, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are working hard to build up a picture of events yesterday afternoon and I would like to thank all those who have come forward so far to help us do this."

He added: “A local man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are very much with his family who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.”

Flowers left at the scene of the incident. (PA)
Flowers left at the scene of the incident. (PA)

Police said they were called to Church Street around 2.15pm following reports that an altercation had taken place between a group of men.

A cordon was in place behind the nearby Marks and Spencer store, which remained open, while the car park was closed on Thursday.

Police have urged any witnesses or anyone who possesses any video or dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.

Police said they aren't looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. (Reach)
Police said they aren't looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. (Reach)

DCI Springett said: “We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen a white 1 series BMW in the area during the immediate period beforehand or afterwards as it left from the scene on Church Street at around 2pm, driving towards the High Street.

“A white BMW, suspected of being the vehicle involved, was later found unoccupied at Temple Field Close in Addelstone and has since been recovered.”

Sergeant Pat Bauer said it is believed to be an “isolated incident” and that some of those involved were previously known to each other.

He said: “There have been some reports speculating about road rage but initial enquiries do not support this and it is believed some of the parties were previously known to each other.

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