Friday, October 30, 2009

English Heroes #4

An occasional series recording English men and women who have done great things for themselves or others and reflected well on the country of their birth.

Simon Somerville is a remarkable, very brave man, who almost died defending kids under his care.

Youth bailed after 'hero' volunteer stabbed

A 16-year-old arrested on suspicion of stabbing a church volunteer was today released on bail, Scotland Yard said.
The victim, named in reports as Simon Somerville, was attacked outside an anti-crime seminar at a theatre in Deptford, south east London.
He was stabbed repeatedly when he confronted a rowdy gang outside a meeting for young Christians, and remains critically ill in hospital.
The 41-year-old's brother-in-law Eddie Hypolite told the London Evening Standard: "The gang had been making trouble outside the event and when Simon was leaving the building with a number of his kids, they were attacked.
"Simon stood between the gang members and his kids. He was protecting them. He was trying to be the peacemaker and one of the gang members just went at him with a knife.
"The children told us that if Simon had not stepped in, they could have been killed. Simon is a hero. He almost died because he protected the children in his care."
A second victim, a 16-year-old boy, suffered stab wounds to his lower body when he stepped in to help the man at around 9.15pm on Wednesday night, Scotland Yard said. He was treated and discharged.
Officers had already been alerted to a large group of youths causing trouble outside the event in Douglas Way shortly before 7pm.
The teenager who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder was bailed until a later date.
Simon Somerville, this blog salutes you, this country needs more fine people like you who are prepared to defend the weak even at the risk of their own lives, you are a true Englishman.

4 annotations:

Anonymous said...

Well said! And shame on the police that they were alerted to trouble at 7:00pm yet at approx 9:15 Simon was UNPROTECTED by the police & was stabbed.

James Higham said...

With absolutely no support form the very authorities who should be getting behind people like this.

Pr0DiGioUSbo0ty said...

Simon this your younger cousin Shannea from Long Island saying that I will always have you in my prayers and I just want you to keep your head high. And you have done a wonderful thing and God will bless you for that.

JuliaM said...

"Simon Somerville, this blog salutes you, this country needs more fine people like you who are prepared to defend the weak even at the risk of their own lives, you are a true Englishman."

Agreed.

But bail for the arrestee! Who's kidding whom, here?