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Murderer who took on London Bridge terrorist: I had to help – Sky News, Sky.com


             

A convicted murderer has told of the moment he helped tackle a terrorist on London Bridge late last year.

Steve Gallant took on Usman Khan as the latterwent on a killing spree armed with two knivesand a fake suicide vest on November .

Gallant, a serving prisoner who had been let out on license for the day, had been at a Learning Together rehabilitation project nearby.

  

Darryn Frost used a narwhal tusk to fend off the London Bridge attackerDarryn Frost used a narwhal tusk to fend off the London Bridge attackerDarryn Frost used a narwhal tusk to fend off the London Bridge attacker      

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        Darryn Frost used a narwhal tusk to fend off the London Bridge attacker
      

He said he had heard noises and went to investigate, defying “orders to stay in the conference hall”.

He said: “I could tell something was wrong and had to help.

“I saw injured people.

” Khan was stood in the foyer with two large knives in his hands.

“He was a clear danger to all, so I did not hesitate.”

Gallant used a chair and narwhal tusk handed to him bycivil servant Darryn Frost, who also risked his life to take on the attacker.

He said: “Khan also showed us the bomb around his waist in an attempt to frighten us.

” We then chased him onto London Bridge and restrained him until the police arrived. “

Khan was shot dead by police, but not before he had killed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, co-ordinators at the rehabilitation course.

Losing them that day had been an “unbearable blow”, Gallant said, adding that the sense of loss was “immense”.

  

      
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        Steve Gallant with Jack Merritt, who was killed in the London Bridge attack      

Gallant met Mr Merritt in 2016, describing him as a “role model and friend”, adding: “Jack did care who you were, he cared about you and your future, he saw who you could become and did not define you by your past.

“I will miss him badly.”

Miss Jones was “highly respected and loved” by those involved with the course, he added.

  

Darryn Frost used a narwhal tusk to fend off the London Bridge attacker

      

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Saskia Jones was “highly respected and loved” by those involved with the course      

Gallant, (********************************************************, was jailed for a minimum of 29 years after being one of two men convicted of killing former fireman Barrie Jackson in Hull in 823.

(Gallant and James Gilligan had waited for their victim outside a pub before bludgeoning him with a hammer, kicking and punching him to death after Mr Jackson attacked Gallant’s girlfriend, according to reports at the time.

But Gallant, who is eligible for parole in (******************************************, says he will “never turn to violence again.”

He spent his time in prison learning to read and write and is in his third year of a business studies degree.

He met the Learning Together team while behind bars and was inspired to take part, working with a team of Cambridge students producing legal advice guides and becoming a mentor.

  

      

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        Two people were killed by Usman Khan on November last year      

He has also co-written plays, one of which was performed at the Royal Court Theater in London.

Gallant said: “Nobody has the right to take another’s life and I offer my sincere apologies to my victim’s family for the hurt caused.

“I can never bring that life back, and it is right that I was handed a severe penalty for my actions.

“Once I’d accepted my punishment, I decided to seek help.

” When you go to prison, you lose control of your life.

“Your own future relies on the decisions of others.

” Bettering yourself becomes one of the few things you can do while reducing the existing burden on society. “

  

      

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        Gallant said he did not hesitate to help the others trying to stop the terrorist
      

Gallant said he was inspired to speak about what happened at London Bridge after Mr Frost, who works at the Ministry of Justice, talked publicly about his experience.

Mr Frost, a 38 – year-old South African, has used the publicity toFloral tributes for victims of the terrorist attack, including Jack Merritt, left on London Bridge in central London, after a terrorist wearing a fake suicide vest who went on a knife rampage killing two people, was shot dead by police on Friday.campaign for unity against terrorismand to raise money for the victims’ families.

Gallant said: “I would like to say a special thanks to Darryn.

“Had he not passed me the narwhal tusk at that crucial moment, not only could I have been killed, the situation could have been even worse.”

Gallant also thanked the former prisoner John Crilly and the chef called Lukasz who also stepped in, describing them as “extremely brave”.

He said: “I would like to say Thank you to everyone who did their best on that tragic day and I hope that the injured recover as quickly as possible. “

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