7/7 is hard enough without this scandal

�The bereaved partner of a 7/7 victim said he is enraged by the latest revelations of the alleged News of the World phone hacking scandal and the timing could not have been worse.

It is six years yesterday that John Falding’s partner Anat Rosenberg was killed when a No 30 bus was torn apart by a suicide bomber in Tavistock Square.

Police have this week started to contact families of victims of the London bombings to warn them they may have been targeted by the Sunday newspaper.

Mr Falding from Marylebone said: “I’ve not been contacted by the police so it looks as if I am in the clear. I’m not worried, I’m just enraged like most of the population, but it’s almost as upsetting as if I had been contacted.

“I just keep thinking of the other families.


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“I’m a bit surprised that it should have come out now. I don’t know why it had to come out now, next week would have been time enough, it’s just difficult at the moment.

“There is always something, it just never goes away, it’s just another excuse for television to show the footage of the bombings.”

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David Gardner, who lost his leg in the Edgware Road tube station blast, also poured scorn on the recent allegations.

He said: “It’s bloody awful if it’s all true. It’s all getting out of hand.”

While Mr Falding will commemorate his partner alone Mr Gardner marked the day with the opening night of the Hampstead Players’ The Winter’s Tale.

Six years ago Mr Gardner, 56, had been on his way to work at the Evening Standard and was quietly reciting his lines from Julius Caesar for his upcoming role as Brutus when the bomb exploded in the carriage.

Mr Gardner, of Lymington Road in Hampstead, was dragged from the wreckage, had to have his left leg amputated during a five-and-a-half-hour operation and spent five days in intensive care at St Mary’s hospital.

But the following year he was treading the boards as Brutus, albeit with a prosthetic leg.

“I did a very convincing fall. When I did it at the end I fell on the prosthetic leg, knowing it wouldn’t hurt.

“I managed to get quite a gasp from the audience,” he said.

This year he plays Polixenes alongside his eight-year-old son Matthew at the Hampstead parish church.

Mr Gardner said: “When I’m up there I never think too much about the past, I’m just thinking about the play and trying to make sure I have got the lines in my mind.”

n The play starts at 7.30pm and runs until Saturday. For more information visit www.hampsteadplayers.org.uk.

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