Chinese man killed by teenagers after car argument

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A Chinese shopkeeper has been murdered by a gang of more than 20 teenagers, armed with a spade, wooden planks, a tree branch and metal pipes.

A Chinese shopkeeper has been murdered by a gang of more than 20 teenagers, armed with a spade, wooden planks, a tree branch and metal pipes.

The gang, which has plagued the local community with antisocial behaviour in Wigan, Greater Manchester, set upon Mi Gao Huangchen, 41, after he emerged from his Chinese takeaway to investigate damage to a car at 11.30pm eight days ago.

After an altercation with the youths, Mr Huangchen was submitted to a "horrific and frenzied" attack which lasted up to 15 minutes, Greater Manchester Police said. He suffered head injuries and was left in a coma as doctors fought to save his life. He died in Hope Hospital, Salford, on Thursday night, without regaining consciousness.

Mr Huangchen is understood to have come to the UK years ago to improve his prospects. Local people and police described him as a hard worker, running the Superb Hut takeaway in a shopping precinct in the Scholes area of the town.

A motive for the beating has not been established, though the window of Mr Huangchen's shop had been smashed the night before he was attacked.

Mr Huangchen's girlfriend is believed to have seen the attack. Police have arrested 17 teenagers on suspicion of assault and violent disorder, including a girl of 14.