Porter who fought off London Bridge attacker with pole reveals what happened

A porter who tried to stop London Bridge attacker Usman Khan has revealed he followed the terrorist from Fishmongers' Hall, despite being stabbed.

In a statement released tonight, Lukasz said he "acted instinctively" when Khan began stabbing people at a prison rehabilitation event.

He said: "I and several others tried to stop a man from attacking people inside the building.

"I did this using a pole I found. Someone else was holding a narwhal tusk."

Lukasz described how Khan attacked him, stabbing him five times, before leaving the building.


Image: Usman Khan was shot dead by police on London Bridge

He continued: "A number of us followed him out but I stopped at the bollards of the bridge. I had been stabbed and was later taken to hospital to be treated.

The porter says he is "thankful" to have been able to return home and is now "coming to terms with the whole traumatic incident".

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He added: "I would like to express my condolences to the families who have lost precious loved ones.

"I would like to send my best wishes to them and everyone effected by this sad and pointless attack."

Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt were killed in the London Bridge attack
Image: Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt were killed in the London Bridge attack

Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were both killed in the knife attack last Friday.

Fishmongers' Hall chief executive Toby Williamson told Sky News that Lukasz fought the terrorist "until the end".

Describing the moment the porter decided to take action, Mr Williamson said: "He's washing up glasses in the basement. He hears the screams. He's first aid trained so he makes the conscious decision to go upstairs. It's pretty obvious what's happening.

"The terrorist is brandishing two knives with victims all around screaming and people cornered."

Mr Williamson told how Lukasz confronted the attacker and tried to buy time for others to escape.

"At that point there's a vicious knife fight in which Lukasz takes five cuts all the way up his arm. He's hurt badly but doesn't flinch for a minute.

"He's then joined by two or three others, and now overwhelmed by numbers the assailant goes down the stairs."

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