THREE teenagers have been arrested in connection with the suspected homophobic murder of a Beckenham man in Trafalgar Square.

Ian Baynham, 62, was attacked as he travelled into London for a night out with a friend on September 25.

The pair were walking past the South African Embassy at around 10.45pm when a woman allegedly shouted homophobic abuse at them.

She was joined by another woman and a man, and the resulting argument saw Mr Baynham, of Gresham Road, Beckenham, punched and kicked.

He died from his injuries on Tuesday (October 13).

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of his death as head injuries.

News Shopper: BECKENHAM: Teenagers arrested in Ian Baynham Trafalgar Square murder inquiry

As part of the murder inquiry, police arrested an 18-year-old man and two girls, both aged 17, in south-east London this morning (October 16).

They remain in custody at separate police stations in south and central London.

Detectives say the 30-year-old man with Mr Baynham, who received only minor injuries, managed to grab one of the woman assailants but a passer-by intervened and she escaped.

The Home Office told News Shopper Mr Baynham was about to start a new job at its UK Border Agency office in Croydon.

Anyone with information on the attack should call the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News Shopper: Ian Baynham