RIBA employee dies after row in London fast food outlet

A senior member of RIBA has paid tribute to a member of its catering staff who died following an incident in a London take-away food outlet.

Zdeněk Makar, 31, from the Czech Republic was pronounced dead in the street near All Saints DLR station in London, the Metropolitan Police said.

Two men aged 19 and 29 and a 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to east London police stations for questioning.

Officers believe Makar was involved in an altercation with a group of men inside Perfect Fried Chicken on East India Dock Road before being followed down the street and attacked.

A police spokesman said: “Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who was in the area who witnessed the events prior to attack or the incident itself. They retain an open mind as to the motive for the attack.”

Makar worked for the events company Harbour & Jones, which runs the catering at the RIBA headquarters in central London.

Nathan Jones, the co-founder of Harbour & Jones, and Alan Vallance, RIBA’s chief executive, said Makar – who was known as Zed – had been deputy general manager for catering at the institute for almost two years.

“Described by his team as ‘a man with a big heart’, Zed was a dedicated and committed employee who was well-liked by colleagues and will be sadly missed,” Jones and Vallance said in a statement.

“On behalf of both our organisations, we offer our sincere condolences to the family at this very sad and difficult time. Support is being given to Zed’s friends and colleagues.”