The Queen praises ‘selfless’ London Bridge heroes ‘who put their own lives at risk’ to wrestle terrorist Usman Khan to the ground and pull knife from him
- The Queen said she was ‘saddened’ by the ‘terrible violence’ yesterday
- She praised the heroes who tackled Khan while he wore a fake suicide vest
- The brutal knife rampage saw two killed and three others injured
The Queen has praised the ‘selfless’ London Bridge heroes who helped wrestle the terrorist Usman Khan to the ground and grabbed his knife while he was on a rampage yesterday.
In a statement today, the Queen said: ‘Prince Philip and I have been saddened to hear of the terror attacks at London Bridge.
‘We send our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones and who have been affected by yesterday’s terrible violence.
The Queen has praised the ‘selfless’ London Bridge heroes who helped wrestle the terrorist Usman Khan to the ground
‘I express my enduring thanks to the police and emergency services, as well as the brave individuals who put their own lives at risk to selflessly help and protect others.’
Tour guide Thomas Gray and chef Luckasz, originally from Poland, are among those who helped stop Khan during the knife attack.
At the time he was wearing a fake suicide vest and the brave men would have believed it was real.
Luckasz, a chef at Fishmongers’ Hall, grabbed a five-foot narwhal tusk from the wall to fight off Khan.
A chef at Fishmongers’ Hall who grabbed a narwhal tusk to fight off a knifeman is the latest hero to be identified in the London Bridge terror attack
Flowers left at London Bridge this morning following yesterday’s horrific attack which left two people dead and several injured
His colleague, 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.
Meanwhile Thomas Gray, 24, stamped on Khan’s hand, forcing him to release one of two kitchen knives.
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
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
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 horrific rampage saw a man and a woman killed and three others injured.