A security boss said he warned bouncer Tudor Simionov not to work outside Eddie Davenport’s sex parties because of the ‘crowd it attracts’ as new footage emerged showing a knife being brandished during the tragic New Year’s Eve brawl.
The shocking video, taken moments before Mr Simionov, 33, was fatally stabbed in the chest, shows a large crowd of men grappling with each other, fists flying as they fight in the street.
At one stage a knife is waved in the air before falling to the ground.
The men are surrounded by jeering male and female by-standers who shout as the men wrestle over the bonnet of a car.
The footage also shows two other bouncers wrestling with the men outside the exclusive club.
At one stage a knife is waved in the air before falling to the ground, as people scuffle in the street outside the Mayfair townhouse
The shocking video, taken moments before Mr Simionov, 33, was fatally stabbed in the chest, shows a large crowd of men grappling with each other
At one stage a knife is waved in the air before falling to the ground, as people fight in the street
The men are surrounded by jeering male and female by-standers who shout as the men wrestle over the bonnet of a car
Two men fight in the street outside the Park Lane ‘after party’, where tables were sold for up to £2,000 each
The footage also shows two other bouncers wrestling with the men outside the exclusive club
Bouncers did their best to control the situation taken moments before Mr Simionov, 33, was fatally stabbed
Romanian Tudor (pictured with his girlfriend Madalina) died trying to stop gatecrashers from entering the private bash in Mayfair. The couple only came to the UK two months ago
MailOnline can reveal that one of those doormen was Kamil Okpara, a father-of-two, who was stabbed and is still in hospital recovering.
He was filmed trying to prevent at least nine men from entering the Park Lane ‘after party’, where tables were sold for up to £2,000 each.
Disgraced self-styled aristocrat Lord ‘Fast Eddie’ Davenport ran the party and took the money on the door, it has been claimed, although his lawyers maintain he did not organise the event.
Mr Okpara, whose day job was as head of security at The Botanist Bar in Liverpool Street Station, took on the late night job because he ‘needed the money’.
Peter Adamski, director of the Prestige Protection Group which found security work for Mr Okpara and Mr Simionov, paid tribute to both men.
‘Kamil’s a big guy but really gentle and very polite, which is why I promoted to him as head of security at The Botanist. He’s very good with customers and dealing with difficult situations.
‘Tudor was excellent, a good kick boxer, very fit and was a former soldier in the Romanian army. I got him working in a hotel in central London from 6pm.
‘When he finished at 3am he went to Park Lane to work at Eddie’s party to earn some more money. I didn’t know he was going to do this because if I had, I would have probably told him not to.
‘Tudor had been working security at Eddie’s party for more than a month. I had actually spoken to him about it and told him not to work there because of the crowd it attracts. But he was planning to get married, start a family and needed the money.’
Imran Mostafa Kamel (pictured left), 26, the son of Abu Hamza (right), 60, was arrested last night on suspicion of murdering bouncer Tudor Simionov on Park Lane. He has since been charged with gun possession. Hamza is serving a life sentence in the US for terror offences
Mr Adamski described the parties at the Park Lane address as ‘running every weekend for more than a year’, and said it was a well-known after-party club venue from 3am ‘until it finishes’, with types who go there coming for ‘more drink, drugs and sex’.
He continued: ‘This party in Park Lane attracts a very bad element. Drug dealers and gangsters from all over London go there. I refuse to provide security because of the type of people that it attracts. The security was provided by individual doormen like Tudor. Mayfair is a very prestigious and wealthy place but it has a very dark underbelly, particularly the after-club scene.’
‘Tudor and Kamil became close friends. I think that’s how Tudor ended up working the Park Lane party on New Year’s Eve because of Kamil. But Kamil was not head of security on the night, a man called Mark was.
‘They should have been provided with stab vests. They only cost £200 and this would have saved his life. There were no searches on the door of people entering either.
‘I’ve spoken to some of the other security guys who were working at the party and they’ve told me that the men who attacked Tudor were already drunk and high on drugs and they didn’t know Eddie or anyone else at the party. That’s why they weren’t allowed in and that’s what led to the trouble.’
Another source close to the injured bouncer Kamil also told Mail Online: ‘Both Kamil and Tudor had been working at a hotel until the early hours on New Year’s Eve. They were offered cash in hand to work the door at the party.
Forensics teams were today still working on the party venue (pictured) in central London
‘Tudor told me he wanted the extra money. There are parties held at the townhouse every weekend and the doormen are always paid cash. As far as I know they are organised by Eddie Davenport.
‘The venue is open to the public after 3am when most of the clubs in London have closed. There are a lot of undesirables who turn up and anyone who works that door should wear a stab vest. It attracts the wrong type of person.’
Tudor’s heartbroken girlfriend Madalina Anghel, who believed 2019 would be the year they married and started a family, told friends on Facebook today that she was taking his body home to Romania for burial.
She told friends: ‘On New Year’s Eve my boyfriend and future husband Tudor Simionov was stabbed in the heart at work. The loss is impossible. It is hard for me to find the right words – his unexpected death has shocked us all’.
Tudor and Madalina moved to the UK from Romania ‘for a better life’ just two months ago.
Earlier today MailOnline exclusively revealed Abu Hamza’s son is the suspect held in connection with the murder of a doorman outside an alleged sex party in Mayfair.
Imran Mostafa Kamel, 26, whose radical preacher father was extradited to the US in 2012, was arrested after Tudor Simionov was knifed in the chest when violence erupted in central London at 5.30am on Wednesday.
Mr Simionov fought off up to nine men seconds before being stabbed to death outside 80 Park Lane – where a private £2,000-a-table gathering allegedly organised by Lord Edward Davenport was going on.
Kamel appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court this afternoon charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or danger – but remains a suspect in the murder on January 1.
MailOnline can reveal Kamel’s father is Abu Hamza, 60, the former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque whose radical views brought him to the attention of the authorities and saw him expelled from Britain six years ago after a long legal battle.
Hamza was found guilty of terror offences in both the UK and US, where he is serving a life sentence at a high-security prison.
Mr Simionov moved to the UK with his girlfriend Madalina Anghel for a ‘better life’ two months ago and the couple believed 2019 would be the year they married and started a family.
She told friends today she is taking his body home to Romania for burial and said: ‘On New Year’s Eve my boyfriend and future husband Tudor was stabbed in the heart at work. The loss is impossible. His unexpected death has shocked us all.’
Kamel, who lives in Ealing, west London, appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today and spoke only to confirm his name at the brief hearing.
Matthew Barraclough, prosecuting, told District Judge Michael Snow the case was too serious to be heard in the lower courts and must be moved to the Old Bailey.
Kamel was remanded in custody at Wandsworth Prison. He will make his next court appearance on January 31.
Tudor Simionov, pictured working just hours before he was stabbed to death outside a private New Year’s party at the Fountain House on Park Lane
A Metropolitan police spokesman said the firearms offences were not directly connected to the death of 33-year-old Tudor or others hurt in the Park Lane brawl.
The 60-year-old is currently languishing for life in a ‘supermax’ prison in Colorado, where he has complained about the ‘inhuman and degrading’ conditions.
Tudor and Madalina moved to the UK from Romania in October – and he was only working on New Year’s Eve as a favour.
In footage of the fracas 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.
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.
He was stabbed protecting wealthy clients at a flamboyant party run by disgraced self-styled aristocrat Lord ‘Fast Eddie’ Davenport, it has been claimed.
The peer, known for his opulent sex parties, was seen helping with the payments on the door at the exclusive late night ‘after-party’ when thugs tried to storm their way into the Park Lane venue where Arab princes, tycoons and revellers were celebrating.
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
A source told MailOnline: ‘It was a wild party. You name it, it was available.’
Doorman Tudor Simionov was killed after being knifed in the chest and the party hostess was also seriously injured when violence erupted at about 5.30am.
Self-styled ‘Lord’ Davenport, 53, a disgraced former friend to the stars who made his name running ‘Gatecrasher’ balls for public school pupils, was given an eight-year jail term in September 2011 for a £4.5million fraud.
Convicted fraudster Eddie Davenport (pictured) is said to have organised the event and took payment from high-spirited revellers where a bouncer was stabbed to death
But he was released from prison after three years as an ‘act of mercy’ when he convinced judges he was gravely ill with kidney problems – but he is clearly enjoying life as a free man.
An employee at the New Year’s Eve party said Eddie Davenport organised the event and took payment from high-spirited revellers.
The member of staff, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘Eddie organised the party. He was the one who handled payment.
‘He was the one with the card machine and collecting cash. For example, five males were charged £2,000, three males were £800 and I think one male single entry was £100. Prices weren’t fixed, they went up and down. Davenport worked with two other chaps and a Chinese lady.’
A neighbour said that there were ‘girls dressed in sexy outfits and lingerie coming in and out’ all night and told The Sun: ‘It looked like a sex themed event’.
A second source well placed inside the London party scene said: ‘The party at 80 Park Lane was organized by Lord Davenport.
‘Fast Eddie had got a lot of brass [high-class prostitutes] and he had a lot of his friends and old clients there.
‘It was all going well until the bad element turned up. The hostess told the door staff not to let them in and then it all kicked off.
Lord Edward Davenport uploaded a picture onto his Instagram with two staff from Thai Airways, and said he was ‘heading to London and ready to party’
Lord Davenport (pictured right) uploaded a picture to his Instagram of him and some friends at a Halloween after party
Police officers and forensic Staff in Park Lane, Mayfair after bouncer Tudor Simionov was killed after being knifed in the chest
‘One of the doorman got stabbed and died and the hostess got slashed. It’s absolutely tragic he is a young lad you had not been in London for long.’
A neighbour told The Sun: ‘Before the stabbing there were girls dressed in sexy outfits and lingerie coming in and out.
‘It looked like a sex-themed event — high heels, corsets and so on.’
Club promoter Tommy Mack also said Davenport was involved in the party and said there were many affluent guests who spent thousands to secure a table.
‘Fast Eddie [Davenport] is a great guy and runs the best parties. He organised the New Year’s Eve party in Park Lane. It was a private party but word got out and the bad element turned up.
‘It’s absolutely terrible what happened to the doorman.
‘There were a lot of Eddie’s friends and clients there – Arab princes, people with money, that kind of thing. There were some lovely girls there and they had paid thousands to book a table at the party and they did not want thugs ruining their night.’
Last night Davenport ‘s lawyer maintained his client did not organise the party, take any money from clients or pay anyone to promote the party.
But he admitted he did not know if his client was there: ‘I am awaiting instructions from Mr Davenport as to whether he was at the party or not.’
Lord ‘Fast Eddie’ Davenport, uploaded a picture of him on Mount Street in Mayfair in December, close to Park Lane
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
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.
The Romanian fitness fanatic fought off nine men single-handed before he was murdered in the early hours of New Year’s Eve
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.’
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.’
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
How self-styled Lord and convicted fraudster ‘Fast Eddie’ Davenport became infamous for throwing sex-and-booze Gatecrasher Balls for young aristocrats in the 1980s
Eddie Davenport made a fortune in the 1980s running hedonistic Gatecrasher Balls
The self-styled ‘Lord’ Davenport first came to public notice for organising the hedonistic Gatecrasher Balls frequented by wealthy teenagers, before making a fortune in property deals.
He was a friend to the stars and photographed with Mick Jagger, Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Ferguson and Hugh Grant at various parties.
His £30million home, a mansion in London’s West End, was the former Sierra Leone High Commission and was used as a location for the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.
The con artist, born Edward Ormus Sharington Davenport, was jailed after he promised millions of pounds to investors which never materialised after he had pocketed the administration fees and advance payments.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel lost the life savings she invested with Davenport.
But he was released from prison after three years as an ‘act of mercy’ when he convinced judges he was gravely ill is clearly enjoying life as a free man.
In 2014 he was pictured handcuffed to a prison guard in hospital after undergoing a second kidney transplant.
He said at the time: ‘I know I’m fighting a death sentence.
‘I feel like an old man shuffling around, chained to a prison officer even when I want to go to the bathroom.
‘I can’t even wear my own silk pyjamas – I have to wear the hospital ones. The truth is I feel shaky. I know I’m at death’s door’.
Fast Eddie was jailed in 2011 (left) for ripping off friends and relesased after three years (right) after convincing a judge he was gravely ill
In 2016 it emerged he was organising parties again but his lawyer has denied that he ran the New Year’s Eve event where a bouncer was stabbed to death
But after his release his health appears to have improved and he started organising parties again in 2016.
Davenport’s fall from grace is a far cry from his days at the heart of the London party scene in the 1980s.
His black-tie Gatecrasher Balls, aimed at wealthy public school teenagers, quickly became synonymous with drunkenness and debauchery and helped him make his fortune.
But it also led to his first fraud conviction and nine months in jail.
Despite the setback, Davenport never lost his love of taking risks – even though it repeatedly landed him in trouble.
In 1998, he and two other men were charged with running up an £18,000 bill at the luxury Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland during a five-day New Year party while posing as aristocrats. They denied the claims and charges were later dropped.
A year later, he bought the lease of the Sierra Leone High Commission building in Central London for just £50,000 while the country was embroiled in civil war.
But in May 2011 Davenport was given eight years for his part in a £4.5 million fraud, where the judge described him as the plot’s ‘ringmaster’.
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
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
‘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.’
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.
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.
The Park Lane attack was filmed by witnesses outside the luxury three-bedroom home.
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.’
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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