Londoners Fought Back With Bottles, Chairs During Attack

Chef, taxi driver, off-duty officer among those who took on attackers
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2017 11:59 AM CDT
Londoners Fight Back With Bottles, Chairs During Attack
A woman hands a bouquet of flowers to be left in the London Bridge area of London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Police specialists collected evidence in the heart of London after a series of attacks described as terrorism killed several people and injured more than 40 others.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Londoners of all stripes showed incredible bravery fighting back during Saturday's attack that left at least seven dead and 48 injured—21 of them in critical condition, the AP reports. As three men with knives descended on the bars and restaurants of London's crowded Borough Market, Gerard Vowles took action. He tells Reuters he yelled "Oi, cowards!" at the attackers and threw bottles and chairs at them. He says he was trying to distract the attackers and get them to chase him toward police. According to the BBC, one of the attackers entered a restaurant and stabbed a woman. The other diners threw chairs and bottles at him and pushed him out of the restaurant, closing a security shutter behind him.

A chef at a bakery in Borough Market went outside and saw two attackers stabbing people, the Telegraph reports. After a brief moment of hesitation, he smashed one of the attackers over the head with a crate then sheltered 20 people in his bakery. A taxi driver tried to ram one of the attackers he saw stabbing a woman but missed. And an off-duty police officer—and rugby player—tackled one of the attackers; he's in critical condition. Meanwhile, one of the first officers on the scene is in stable condition after taking on the attackers armed only with his baton. The police commissioner commends officers for their "extraordinarily brave actions." Police are said to have ended the attack after only eight minutes. (More London stories.)

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