The final moments of a bouncer stabbed to death by a mob trying to gatecrash an exclusive New Year’s Eve party at a £12.5million Mayfair townhouse were revealed today.
Tudor Simionov, 33, was filmed fighting off up to nine men seconds before he was murdered outside 80 Park Lane – where a private £2,000-a-table gathering was going on – at 5.30am yesterday.
Mr Simionov is seen pushing the men away and throwing punches as the gang try to storm the luxury apartment block overlooking Hyde Park – but the Snapchat film ends before he was knifed in the chest.
Footage from after the stabbing shows the mob having vases thrown at them from the foyer with one of the attackers getting smashed in the head and fleeing from the blood-stained doorstep.
Tudor had moved to the UK from Romania ‘for a better life’ just two months ago and his heartbroken girlfriend has revealed how they had intended to marry and start a family in 2019.
Madalina Anghel said today: ‘Right now I can’t think about him in the past. He was my future husband and we came to London from Romania for a better life. I can’t explain in words how much pain I am in’.
Romanian Tudor (pictured with his girlfriend Madalina) died trying to stop a group of gatecrashers from entering a private bash at one of Britain’s most exclusive student houses also linked to swingers’ parties
Tudor Simionov, 33, is shown in the centre of the screen wearing a white shirt and black tie fighting off gatecrashers trying to get into the Mayfair townhouse he was guarding
The bouncer, who only came to the UK two months ago, was punching and pushing away the mob trying to raid the Park Lane party he was protecting
Footage uncovered by MailOnline after the attack also shows the mob having vases and lamps thrown at them from the foyer with one of the attackers getting smashed in the head and fleeing from the blood-stained doorstep
Tudor’s girlfriend Madalina posted a picture of them flying to the UK on October 20 with the hashtag #goodbyeRomania and said today tehy moved to the UK for a better life
The doorman was fatally stabbed as he guarded the £5,000-a-week rental property, described as Britain’s most exclusive student pad and previously linked to swingers’ parties.
The Romanian fitness fanatic fought off nine men single-handed before he was murdered in the early hours of New Year’s Eve
An hour earlier mother-of-one Charlotte Huggins was stabbed to death in a separate attack in Camberwell – and the pair were today revealed as London’s first murder victims of 2019.
Tudor’s girlfriend Madalina posted a picture of them flying to the UK on October 20 with the hashtag #goodbyeRomania.
Anghel added in an interview with the Evening Standard today: ‘He was a really good man. We were happily and excitedly talking about having children together.’
Club promoter Leroy Rose, 25, fought to save Mr Simionov’s life but said he only survived around a minute after being stabbed in the chest.
He told the Standard: ‘I saw him come back inside. He was in a suit and it was covered in blood. He didn’t have a protective vest or anything. I saw blood coming from his chest.
‘I pulled him into the back and grabbed a towel and held the wound. He never said a word, he was in a shock. He only survived for a minute. He was stabbed in the middle of the chest. He is a hero, he died trying to save his colleagues. He beat up about nine guys by himself.’
Tudor Simionov (left) was stabbed to death on another night of bloodshed in London and had planned to start a family with his heartbroken girlfriend Madalina (right)
Mr Simionov died on the Park Lane pavement where a police cordon and screen remains today
Blood remains on the floor on arguably London’s most exclusive road left during one of two New Year murders in London so far
The house (pictured) features views of Hyde Park, glass floors, its own 24-hour concierge and a roof terrace. It is one of the world’s most expensive student houses, costing £5,000 a week to rent
Two of the bouncers, along with a woman who worked at the venue booking tables, were also stabbed.
Mr Rose said: ‘It is a place where high end clients come, people with a lot of money.
‘It’s usually people who we know and the venue know are coming. The people outside were trying to enter but they weren’t allowed in.
‘The owner is a very rich man, he is in the public eye. The place works by paying a fee to buy a table.’
Mr Rose said the bouncer had actually been placed inside the venue to monitor security but left to help his colleagues by the door after a group of nine or more thugs tried to make their way in.
He said: ‘There was a fight outside and he came out to help. The security guards were getting beaten up and he went out to help them.
‘He helped those guys but he had only been out there for about 30 seconds when he was stabbed in the middle of the chest..
‘I saw him come back inside. I saw him bleeding and I said ‘come here, come here’ and I took him into the bathroom.
Blood was left on a lantern outside the block while a lamp was overturned in the foyer where Mr Simionov fought off at least nine men
‘His suit was covered in blood and it was coming out of his chest. He wasn’t wearing a protective vest.
‘I grabbed a towel and held the wound. He never said a word to me. I think he was in shock. He only survived for about a minute.
‘He died in front of me with his eyes open, staring at me.
‘I then went into the hallway and everything was smashed. They had managed to kick down the door. There were other people on the floor stabbed. There was blood all over the floor.’
Of the Romanian-born security guard, Mr Rose said: ‘He was a nice guy. The nicest one of of all the security guards there.
‘He is a hero, he died trying to save his colleagues. He took on nine of them.’
The guard was trying to stop a group of gatecrashers from entering a private bash in the £12.5million Mayfair townhouse (pictured) when he was knifed
A 26-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at a central London police station.
Katarina Petran, 36, a close friend of Mr Simionov’s girlfriend, said the doorman only decided to work after being offered more than double pay.
‘He was being paid £400 to work on New Year’s Eve, which is more than double what he earned as a doorman in the west end.
‘Madalina didn’t want him to initially work but he said they needed the money and it was too good to turn down as they had plans to start a family and needed it.’
Mr Simionov told her that the event was organised by a well known promoter and that tables cost between £1500 to £2000.
‘Tudor started working for clubs and exclusive parties almost immediately after arriving in London. He also had a lot of experience as a doorman in his native Bucharest. He was also a keep fit fanatic.’
Mr Simionov was an accomplished boxer and rower and at one stage he had ambitions to row for Romania but gave them up to work after losing his father in his early 20s. He also lost his mother earlier this year.
Police officers were filmed holding an alleged suspect at the incident in Mayfair, London
He was a devout Christian who regularly attended church. Miss Petran said that Madalina is planning to take his body back to Romania for a traditional Orthodox funeral.
Tudor’s murder came an hour after Charlotte Huggins, also 33, was stabbed to death in Camberwell on a night of bloodshed in London.
Police believe revellers filmed the Park Lane attack on their phones outside the luxury three-bedroom house which had been hired out for a New Year’s Eve party.
The house features views of Hyde Park, glass floors, its own 24-hour concierge and a roof terrace. It is one of the world’s most expensive student houses, costing £5,000 a week to rent.
It is understood to have been used for swingers’ parties in the past.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said: ‘It appears the deceased and the two injured males were working as security staff for the party.
‘They were attacked by a group of males who were outside trying to enter. The female was also attacked as she assisted the security staff in closing the front door.
‘This shocking incident happened just hours into a New Year, the area was particularly busy with people out celebrating and making their way home.’
The two unrelated murders followed London deadliest year in a decade.
Scotland Yard released figures yesterday showing the number of people killed in the capital hit a ten-year high in 2018, with more than a fifth of victims being children and teenagers.
Last year, 134 killings were recorded by the Metropolitan Police, which included 24 in which the victims were 19 or under. Of those, 18 were stabbed, five were shot and one woman died from head injuries.
It was the highest total since 2008, when 155 were killed.
The first murders in 2019 came amid a night of violence.
Police at the scene of the incident at 5.36am on Park Lane in Mayfair. They were called after reports of stabbing
A young woman was shot in east London at 5am. The victim, said to be in her mid-twenties, was blasted in the leg at Visions Video Bar in Hackney.
Another woman was assaulted outside a nightclub in Clapham, south-west London, as she waited for a taxi at around 4am. Student Krystal Mission, 21, was punched several times.
Police had to rescue a young mother after a drunken thug attacked her and her baby with a 2ft sword at a New Year’s Eve party at a flat in Walsall, West Midlands at 5am.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and possessing an offensive weapon.
In Essex, a youth was stabbed in the stomach in Epping.
Sussex Police Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said his force managed more than 100 emergency calls an hour between midnight and 3am yesterday morning.
A senior officer claimed yesterday that police were having to tolerate more violence because of a lack of resources. Richard Cooke, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, tweeted: ‘The absolute number of violent/aggressive drunken idiots who 10, 15 years ago feet wouldn’t have touched ground on way to custody – now simply tolerated. Reason – we simply hadn’t got the officers to do anything else.’
Revealed: First stab victim of 2019 is mother, 33, killed in early hours of New Year’s Day in south London as family and friends mourn ‘beautiful angel’
Charlotte Huggins (pictured) has been named as the first stab victim of 2019
The first stab victim of the New Year has been named as 33-year-old mother Charlotte Huggins.
She was stabbed to death at her home in Camberwell, south-east London, at 4.20am yesterday.
Police officers were called to the house at 4.20am – and she was pronounced dead half an hour later.
A 34-year-old man who is believed to have been known to the victim was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and was taken to a police station.
A crowd of about 15 people, believed to be friends and relatives of the victim, gathered near the scene of the murder yesterday but declined to speak.
Flowers have been laid outside the home, and one card read: ‘Loved by everyone’. In tributes online the mother was hailed as a ‘beautiful angel’.
Speaking about the attack in Camberwell, a police spokesman said: ‘A man has been arrested after a woman was fatally stabbed at a residential address in Southwark.
It follows the capital’s deadliest year since 2008 as London saw 134 people murdered in 2018.
Charlotte Huggins, 33, was killed yesterday in Camberwell, south-east London, and flowers have been laid outside her house (pictured)
A spokesman for the Met said: ‘Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to a property in Camberwell at 4.20am on January 1 to a report of a stabbing.
‘Officers attended and found a woman, aged in her early 30s, with stab injuries. Despite the efforts of paramedics, she was pronounced dead at 4.50am.
‘Her next of kin have not been informed. Formal identification is yet to take place. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
‘A man, aged 34, was initially arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains custody.
‘Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating and enquiries continue.’
Yesterday police were also called at 5.36am to a property on Park Lane in Mayfair to reports of a stabbing, and attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics. The police were seen on camera holding an alleged suspect at the scene.
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