A chef at Fishmongers’ Hall who grabbed a narwhal tusk to fight off the knifeman yesterday is the latest hero to be identified in the London Bridge terror attack.
Luckasz, originally from Poland, tried to pin down knifeman Usman Khan, 28, who wore a fake suicide vest, using a five-foot narwhal tusk he took from the wall of Fishmongers’ Hall.
One man and one woman were killed in yesterday’s attack, and three others were injured.
The tusk can be seen in dramatic footage from London Bridge, in which a group of at least six men are seen disarming knifeman Usman Khan, 28, who wore a fake suicide vest.
Luckasz’s collegue, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Times: ‘Luckasz grabbed a nearby pole and ran at him, getting stabbed in the hand in the process but continued to pin him down.
‘Being stabbed didn’t stop him giving him a beating. Luckasz is a hero.’
Luckasz is thought to have suffered from cuts but is not critically injured.
A chef at Fishmongers’ Hall who grabbed a narwhal tusk to fight off the knifeman yesterday is the latest hero to be identified in the London Bridge terror attack
Thomas Gray (left) has described the moment he confronted the London Bridge attacker and stamped on his hand, forcing him to release one of two kitchen knives. Another of the heroes of yesterday’s attack is a convicted murderer out on day release, James Ford (right), it emerged
This comes after fearless tour guide Thomas Gray, 24, was revealed as one of the heroes who helped to disarm the attacker.
Mr Gray described the moment he confronted the London Bridge attacker and stamped on his hand, forcing him to release one of two kitchen knives.
He and a colleague had just finished lunch in Borough Market when Khan’s rampage began.
The pair, who had been driving tourists around the capital in classic Mini Coopers, had been travelling over London Bridge to pick up some more customers at a hotel when they saw the knifeman being pinned to the floor.
Mr Gray and his colleague then bravely got out of their vehicles to help, as three other men attempted to keep the attacker on the ground.
The tusk can be seen in dramatic footage from London Bridge, in which a group of at least six men are seen disarming knifeman Usman Khan, 28, who wore a fake suicide vest
The apparent tusk can then be seen in dramatic footage from London Bridge. Another bystander can be seen brandishing a fire extinguisher in video footage of the aftermath of the attack
He said: ‘There were three big blokes grappling with another man and had him on the floor. I asked what was going on and someone said the man on the ground had just stabbed two women.
‘I saw that he had two kitchen knives with blades about 8-inches long. One in each hand. One of the knives appeared to be attached to his hand by duct tape.
‘I stamped as hard as I could on his other wrist to make him let go of the knife and as he released it someone else kicked it away.
‘He was saying “get off me” but we told him “no f***ing way is that happening”. The police were on the scene very quickly. The knifeman appeared to reach for something in bag and the police warned us to move away saying he had a gun.
‘Whether or not he did or whether the police were just trying to get us to move away, I don’t know. I saw the police shoot him three or four times and then heard a dull thud.’
Fishmongers’ Hall was hosting a prisoner rehabilitation conference organised by the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University.
One of the bystanders on London Bridge was seen holding a knife (left) which appeared to have been taken from the suspect. Another man – believed to be the shot knifeman – could be seen lying on the ground, close to a knife (circled, right)
Khan is believed to have been invited to the event to share his experiences as a former prisoner.
Police were called to the north side of London Bridge at 1.58pm on Friday, after reports of a stabbing near Bank station and Fishmongers’ Hall.
The attack is thought to have begun inside the venue, police said, before the suspect left the building and headed towards London Bridge.
Here, the knifeman was confronted by several members of the public, who disarmed him before armed police took control and he was shot dead.
Another bystander can be seen brandishing a fire extinguisher in video footage of the aftermath of the attack.
Another hero of the attack is a convicted murderer out on day release, it has emerged.
It is believed James Ford rushed to the scene and tried to save the life of a woman victim of the terrorist.
Now 42, Ford was jailed for life – with a minimum of 15 years – in April 2004 for the murder of a 21-year-old with learning difficulties.
Luckasz had reportedly grabbed the tusk from the wall of Fishmongers’ Hall, which was hosting an event (stock image)
The Metropolitan Police has named convicted terrorist Usman Khan, pictured, as the man responsible for the London Bridge Terror attack which claimed two lives
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed two people, a man and a woman, had died as a result of the attack.
A further three people – a man and two women – were also injured and remain in hospital, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.
Early on Saturday morning, Mr Basu confirmed the suspect to be Mr Khan, and said officers had been carrying out searches at an address in Staffordshire.
Police also confirmed the suspect was already known to authorities, and was convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences before being released from prison on licence in December 2018.
A statement said: ‘We are now in a position to confirm the identity of the suspect as 28-year-old Usman Khan, who had been residing in the Staffordshire area. As a result, officers are, tonight, carrying out searches at an address in Staffordshire.
Luckasz’s collegue, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Times : ‘Luckasz grabbed a nearby pole and ran at him, getting stabbed in the hand in the process but continued to pin him down’
The narwhal is a medium-sized whale that possesses a large ‘tusk’ from a protruding canine tooth
‘This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences. He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence and clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack.
‘Tragically, two people – a man and a woman – were killed during the attack. Three others – a man and two women – were also injured and remain in hospital.
‘The circumstances, as we currently understand them, are that the attacker attended an event earlier on Friday afternoon at Fishmonger’s Hall called ‘Learning Together’. We believe that the attack began inside before he left the building and proceeded onto London Bridge, where he was detained and subsequently confronted and shot by armed officers.
‘Extensive cordons are likely to remain in place for some time and I would ask the public to continue to avoid the area.’