Patient's rampage leaves seven hurt

A man was being held by police yesterday in connection with an attack at a hospital that left two staff members and five patients injured.

The two female employees suffered minor injuries as they restrained the 22-year-old man who was being treated at Newham General Hospital in Plaistow, east London. He is thought to have mental health problems.

One of the victims, a woman in her 60s, suffered serious head injuries in the attack during the early hours of Saturday but

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was last night in a stable condition, the Metropolitan Police


An "improvised weapon" was used to strike the victims, police added.

The three males and one other female patient who were assaulted are in a stable condition at the hospital.

The force was alerted to the incident at 00.40am and arrested the man on suspicion of a public order offence. .

It is believed the injured patients were asleep when they were attacked.

A hospital trust spokeswoman said neither drugs nor alcohol were involved.