The mother of a child who suffered serious facial injuries while playing outside his home is seeking compensation from her local housing association.
Clare Metson's son Alfie Albrighton, who is six years old, slipped and impaled his face on a spiky fence, the East London Advertiser reports.
As a result of the incident, he had to spend three days in hospital and he underwent four-and-a-half hours of surgery, which included having 170 stitches.
According to Ms Metson, he has been off school since the accident - which occurred six weeks ago - and he has lost half a stone in weight.
In addition, he will require plastic surgery in the future.
She said: "Before, he was a happy Jack-the-lad, your typical East End boy joker. Now he is scarred for life."
Ms Metson is taking legal action against the Old Ford Housing Association, which is based in the Bow area of London and is the successor to Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust.