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‘Family comes first’ – councillor leaves after traumatic year
9:40am Sunday 22nd April 2012 in News
LEDBURY Town councillor, Maurice Harding, has resigned after a traumatic year for himself and his family.
His wife Hazel has battled severe illhealth and his grandson PC Tom Harding, of the Metropolitan Police Force is only now recovering after being knifed in the head and the intestines in November, while on duty in Kingsbury High Street, North London.
PC Harding has recently been awarded the Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner’s Total Policy Award for Outstanding Bravery for his role in tackling a man who was “going berserk” with a 12in knife in a butcher’s shop.
PC Harding was one of four officers who tackled the knifeman, and he was the most severely hurt. Councillor Harding said: “It was touch and go.
We first heard the news about the incident on the television, and didn’t put two and two together.”
The attacker tried to stab PC Harding twice in the chest, but the officer was wearing a protective jacket and the blade did not penetrate.
Then the assailant stabbed PC Harding in the head and stomach. Mr Harding, aged 74, was a policeman himself for 30 years, rising to the rank of Detective Inspector with the Met.
He said: “I am extremely proud of Tom.”
He saw his grandson last month after he underwent a final operation to deal with the severe internal damage caused by the knife attack. He is still recovering in hospital, but keen to get back on the beat.
Coun Harding said he was “disappointed”
to be leaving the council, but added: “Family comes first.”
He revealed he had offered his resignation before Christmas because of his wife’s ill health. However he was persuaded to stay on to the spring.
Mr Harding was a Ledbury town councillor for five years.
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