At least one of the civilians who disarmed the attacker in Friday’s London Bridge Terror Attack was a convicted murderer
A convicted murderer and other offenders attending a rehabilitation class were part of the members of public who disarmed the London Bridge attacker
A convicted murderer was among members of the public who disarmed the London Bridge attacker.
Several civilians intervened to drag the attacker, 28, from Staffordshire, to the ground near Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge on Friday before he was shot dead by police.
It has emerged one of the members of public who disarmed the attacker was James Ford, who pled guilty to murdering a woman with the mental age of a 15-year-old in 2004. Amanda Champion, 21, was strangled and slashed across the throat by James Ford in a completely random attack in Ashford, Kent, 15 years ago.
Ford was caught after a Samaritans worker broke a vow of anonymity to tell police that a man who had phoned the confidential service 45 times had confessed to killing a woman.
Ford had attended the prisoner rehabilitation conference at Fishmongers’ Hall where the attacker launched his deadly rampage on Friday, in which two people were killed and three others injured.
A source told the PA news agency that Ford was one of several offenders who intervened and they were all either on day release or had been released on licence.
Others who tackled the attacker included a man who sprayed him in the eyes with a fire extinguisher and another man, named in other reports as a Polish chef called Lukasz, who lunged towards him with a 1.5 meter long, sharp Narwal-Whale tusk.
Witnesses described how the chef had grabbed the 1.5 meter Narwhal-Whale tusk from the wall of Fishmongers’ Hall and was stabbed in the hand as he tried to impale the attacker.
British Transport Police confirmed one its officers, who was in plain clothes, helped the group of offenders who tackled the attacker.
The group of offenders have been credited with saving the lives of countless others by bringing the attack to an abrupt end. The attack claimed two lives and left 3 others in serious conditions. It is not believed that the offenders will receive sentence reductions as a result.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under fire after blaming the Labour Party for the attacks and calling for longer and harsher sentences for convicts. The attacker was previously jailed and sentenced by the Conservative government and released under the Conservative government under sentencing guidelines and laws set by the conservative government.
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