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London Bridge attack: Hero bystander disarms terrorist knifeman

Brave bystanders bundled a knifeman to the ground on London Bridge today before disarming him and fleeing as police open fired.

One brave man pictured below, risked his own safety by running through the traffic and jumping through a central partition to tackle the alleged knifeman, while others also rushed to help him. 

The man had been walking on the other side of London Bridge and disarmed the alleged attacker, he was one of six who disarmed the man before police took control of the situation.

At least one person has been killed in a suspected terror attack after the knifeman  allegedly started attacking people and was then shot by police, witnesses said. 

Dramatic footage shows what appears to be a struggle on the floor before an armed police officer unloads a series of round at the alleged knifeman lying on the floor.

Witnesses described seeing two onlookers chasing down the knifeman.

Construction worker Howard Walsh said that he and his colleagues saw the member of the public who restrained the attacker being led away by ambulance workers.

He said: ‘We had literally finished working in House of Fraser. We were told to evacuate. We came out and were escorted up the road.

‘We saw one person with a stab wound in his chest, escorted further up the road.’

Mr Walsh, 30, said that the victim appeared to have been stabbed on his left hand side but that they ‘seemed alright’ as they were led away by ambulance workers. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan said police were ‘not looking for anyone else after stabbings near London Bridge’ and praised the have-a-go heroes, saying, ‘They are the best of us’.

People are sharing images of this man online, claiming he helped tackle the suspect to the ground before taking the knife off him 

Video filmed at the scene shows at least four people struggling with a man at London Bridge

Video filmed at the scene shows at least four people struggling with a man at London Bridge

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A man can be seen holding a knife (circled) on London Bridge during the incident toda

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Onlooker George Robart said one member of the public ran towards, and then wrestled the suspect toward the ground despite him wearing a hoax bomb vest. 

He tweeted: ‘This man was walking behind us on the other side of London Bridge when the attack began. 

‘He ran through traffic and jumped the central partition to tackle the attacker with several others. 

‘We ran away but looks like he disarmed him. Amazing bravery. 

‘This man was walking behind us on the other side of London Bridge when the attack began. He ran through traffic and jumped the central partition to tackle the attacker with several others. 

‘We ran away but looks like he disarmed him. Amazing bravery.’

Another onlooker told how armed police shouted at the alleged knifeman ‘don’t move, don’t move’ before they shot him twice.

‘People were running away. It looked like a fight. I saw a man who looked like he was carrying a stick and another man holding a fire extinguisher who were chasing the man with the knife.

‘They grabbed him and pinned him to the ground.

‘The guy was hitting him with a stick and the other one was trying to hit him with the fire extinguisher.

‘Then three or four more people turned up and all of them held him on the ground.

‘One of them grabbed his knife and prized it out of his hand.

‘They were very brave, all of them.

‘The next thing I knew armed police arrived and told everyone to get back.

‘They got everyone back including one guy they had to pull off the man as he held him down.

Video filmed at the scene shows at least four people struggling with a man on London Bridge this afternoon

A man can be seen holding a knife on London Bridge during the incident today

A man lies on London Bridge following the incident that saw a huge police response today

A man can be seen holding a knife on London Bridge during the incident today, which also saw a man lying on the ground

‘An officer shouted ‘don’t move at him twice, but he kept moving so the officer shot him twice on the ground.’

London Bridge remains on lockdown following the incident this afternoon as dozens of police officers, detectives, anti-terror squad chiefs and specialist firearms units rushed to the scene.

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 1.58pm to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge. Emergency services attended, including officers from the Met and City of London Police. 

Witnesses said there appeared to be a scuffle on the southern side of the bridge with several men attacking another man at about 2pm this afternoon, and police said they were responding ‘as though it is terror-related’. 

Onlooker Zack Shooter said police almost knocked him over as they ran towards the incident, adding: ‘Then loads of cars with sirens all rushed past me at full speed.’   

Police evacuated London Bridge station and the surrounding area. A cordon was set up at Borough Market while evacuation continued from shops and businesses.

The response from officers led scores of people to run down St Thomas’ Street. Police said they were treating the evacuation of the area surrounding Borough Market as a ‘major incident.’ 

Station staff at Monument claimed five people have been injured in the London Bridge knife attack. The Tube station has been closed off as armed police investigate.

Staff working for News UK, whose offices are by London Bridge station, reported being held in their building as police dealt with the incident.

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