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Victim of Blake's nightclub attack in Gravesend saved by bouncer

By Ismail Khwaja

One of the victims of a terrifying nightclub attack was saved by the quick actions of a bouncer.

Hadleigh Connor from Hextable was waiting to leave Blake's nightclub in Queen's Street in Gravesend, when Mohammed Abdul drove a car towards the building.

He crashed into the club, injuring eight people.

Hadleigh Connor and Sgt. Alastair Worton speak outside Maidstone Crown Court

Today, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison after being convicted for two counts of attempted murder.

Miss Connor, who was in court for the sentencing, said she was clipped by the car and left unable to move.

She said: "I was fleeing towards the alley and I was clipped by the car. It was absolutely awful, I was so petrified, so scared, I remember when I fell over I couldn't move my neck. I was in so much pain and I'd hurt all my legs and my back was hurting.

"I couldn't move and I knew the car was coming but I couldn't get out of the way."

CCTV shows Mohammed Abdul driving his Suzuki Vitara at Blake's nightclub in Gravesend. Picture: Kent Police (6436934)
CCTV shows Mohammed Abdul driving his Suzuki Vitara at Blake's nightclub in Gravesend. Picture: Kent Police (6436934)

Fortunately Liam Vine, one of the bouncers who was commended by the judge in the trial, pulled her out of the way.

She continued: "I couldn't believe it I just felt myself moving and it was the security guard dragging me out of the way.

"I got a few injuries from that but nothing like what it could have been if he didn't pull me out of the way

"I'm very grateful because if it wasn't for him moments later I would have been run over."

Hadleigh was left with neck and back pain and is still seeing a physiotherapist, but she said it has had lasting psychological effects.

CCTV footage of Mohammed Abdul on the night of the attack

She said: "I get nervous that something could happen and I'm always on edge so I don't go out too much but I try not to let it stop me at the same time.

"I tend not to go clubbing, I've been once since the incident and I didn't enjoy it.

"I'm really happy with the sentence he got. He deserves it. A lot of people could have been really hurt, even more than they were or even died. I was close to dying and it was his actions that caused that so he's brought it upon himself.

"I'm relieved he's got that sentence. It's nice to know he's serving time for what he has done."

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