Gang Stab Christian Hero as He Protects Children; Youth Worker Fights for Life after Attack at Anti-Crime Event
Byline: Peter Dominiczak and Justin Davenport
A YOUTH worker is fighting for life after he was stabbed while protecting a group of children from a gang.
The 43-year-old father of four, named by friends as Simon Somerville, was attacked outside a Christian anti-crime event at the Albany Theatre in Deptford.
Today his brother-in-law, Pastor Eddie Hypolite, told the Standard that Mr Somerville was "a hero" who had shielded the children from a violent gang. The church-going former amateur boxing champion was stabbed several times in the stomach and chest and police are investigating the possibility that more than one of the attackers was armed with a knife.
Pastor Hypolite said that Mr Somerville was in a "critical" condition in hospital but "making a remarkable recovery".
Witnesses described a "running battle" on the Hero knifed Continued from Page 1 street outside the theatre. A 16-year-old also suffered stab wounds but was not seriously hurt and has left hospital .
Pastor Hypolite said: "Simon stood between the gang members and his kids. He was protecting them. …
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Publication information: Article title: Gang Stab Christian Hero as He Protects Children; Youth Worker Fights for Life after Attack at Anti-Crime Event. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: October 30, 2009. Page number: 1. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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