Man killed in attack near Richmond is Ian Wright's friend
27th November 2022

Revealed: Man, 31, stabbed to death with broken glass near Richmond Bridge is Ian Wright’s boxing trainer and friend who had just become a father to a baby girl – as police hunt attacker

  • Reece Newcombe, 31, was found by police at 4am on Saturday in Richmond
  • Ambulance arrived and took him to hospital, where he died later that morning 
  • The boxer helped train ex-Arsenal footballer Wright for a charity boxing match 
  • The ‘larger than life’ character had just become father to baby girl, Misse in June

The man who was killed in the horrifying attack near Richmond Bridge has been revealed as Ian Wright’s friend.

Boxer Reece Newcombe, 31, helped train the ex-Arsenal footballer for a charity boxing match and has just become father to a baby girl Misse in June.  

The Mail Online previously reported that police were called to the scene in south-west London at about 4am on Saturday and found a man in his early 30s who had suffered serious injuries.

The Metropolitan Police said officers administered CPR before paramedics took over and transported him to hospital, where he died later that morning.

Mr Newcombe’s heartbroken family have now paid tribute to the ‘larger than life personality’

The man who was killed in the horrifying attack near Richmond Bridge has been revealed as Ian Wright’s friend

Writing on social media, they said: ‘This is the hardest thing for us to write.

‘We are truly heartbroken at the loss of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin.

‘Words cannot describe our grief. Our family is broken and never will be the same again without Reece’s larger than life personality.

‘As a family, we will make sure his darling daughter Misse will know all about her Daddy and how much he loved her and how much he was loved by everyone.’

They added: ‘We appreciate everyone’s love and support. RIP our beloved Reecey Bear.’ 

Boxer Reece Newcombe, 31, helped train the ex-Arsenal footballer for a charity boxing match and has just become father to a baby girl Misse in June

There have been no arrests made yet.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘We believe a number of people watched the incident unfold and some onlookers may have recorded footage on their mobile phones.

‘Anyone who has yet to speak to us is urged to come forward immediately.

‘My team are working to provide the deceased man’s family with answers and the public could have valuable information that will help our investigation.’

Richmond policing lead Chief Superintendent Lis Chapple added: ‘My thoughts are with the man who died and his family.

The Mail Online previously reported that police were called to the scene in south-west London at about 4am on Saturday and found a man in his early 30s who had suffered serious injuries

‘We will do everything we can to support our colleagues in specialist crime as they work to establish what has happened here.

‘A scene will remain in place and my officers will remain posted at the scene and in the area to speak to local people about any concerns they have, or information they might want to share.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or make an anonymous tip by contacting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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