How brave heroes faced down terror in hall where London Bridge attack started

How brave heroes faced down terror in hall where London Bridge attack started


 The heroic actions of staff who came face to face with the London Bridge attacker inside Fishmongers’ Hall has been revealed for the first time  At least five workers looked Usman Kahn in the eye after he stabbed to death Jack Merritt, 25, and 23-year-old Saskia Jones at a prisoner rehabilitation conference hosted by a charity  Three other people were injured including a Polish chef, only known as Lukasz, who was slashed five times on his arm as he fought with the convicted terrorist to buy time for others to escape the building  Lukasz was cleaning glasses in the basement of the building when he heard screams that alerted him that something serious was happening  Toby Williamson, chief executive of Fishmongers’ Hall, told BBC Breakfast: “The scream was so loud that as a first aider he makes a choice – he goes towards the trouble ”  According to Mr Williamson, Lukasz ran to the first floor to investigate what he is happening and saw Khan with two knives in his hand and chaos and blood everywhere  He continues: “Lukasz pulls off the wall this long stick, he charges towards the bad guy (Khan) and he impacts him on the chest ”  However as Khan is wearing a fake suicide vest Lukasz’s brave actions fail to stop him  “But he’s buying time,” Mr Williamson said.  “He allows others to escape, to move to adjacent rooms At the point he’s got about a one-minute, one on one straight combat.”  Mr Williamson said Khan worked his way up the pole and slashed Lukasz five times on his left arm but the brave worker continues to try and stop him before two workers from the charity intervene  “One grabs a fire extinguisher and the other rips an animal tusk off the wall which they use as weapons to stop Khan before he tries to flees the scene,” he continues  “However he is unable to escape at the front door of the building so he turns to reception where the doorman Gareth shuts the door as much as he can which allows a worker called Dawn to let off alarms and call 999 ”  Khan then turns to the cloakroom where workers Alla and Sandra are before the building’s maintenance man Andy confronts him  The former Ministry of Defence police officer is stabbed in the chest by Khan who demands he opens the door so reluctantly does so which allows him to flee on to the street  But despite being wounded Lukasz gives chase while shouting at shocked bystanders to get out of the way  However members of the public ignore him and tackle Khan until the police arrive and he is shot dead    Khan, 28, from Stoke, was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he was invited to the event organised by Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology  A vigil took place on Monday in memory of Jack and Saskia – both former University of Cambridge students who had been supporting the event   The memorial service at Guildhall Yard, less than a mile from where the two victims died, was attended by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn  A book of condolences has been opened at Guildhall Art Gallery, and members of the public have been invited to lay flowers outside nearby Mansion House

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