May 19 2013 Latest news:
Amanda Nunn, Reporter
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A politician on Redbridge Council narrowly avoided death in a knife attack by a gang.
Councillor Ross Hatfull was attacked by four men who were attempting to steal his mobile phone, last night (Monday).
The Labour councillor for Valentines ward was taken to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.
Labour leader Jas Athwal said: “He’s lucky to be alive. An inch one way or the other and that would have been it.”
Cllr Hatfull was released at 5am this morning from accident and emergency and is now at his home in Kimberley Avenue.
Cllr Athwal said: “It’s sadly a sign of the times we live in that the price of a phone is worth more than the price of a human life. I am thankful that he is ok.”
Another attack in a neighbouring road reportedly also occurred last night.