Off-duty policeman fought off London terrorists with his bare hands

Off-duty policeman fought off  London terrorists with his bare hands

An off-duty policeman fought off the London Bridge terrorists with his bare hands, it emerged, as Scotland Yard revealed two more of its officers were injured in the attack.

A British Transport Police (BTP) officer was also stabbed in the head, face and leg after taking on the three knifemen armed only with his baton.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she was "enormously proud" of the unarmed officer who stepped in to help uniformed colleagues and members of the public.

"He had finished a day's work and was having a drink with friends and he witnessed the attack," she told BBC Breakfast.

"My understanding is that, without hesitation, wearing his normal clothes, he dived in and tried to assist, and he I'm afraid was himself severely injured, but utterly heroic."

The officer, who was based in Southwark, remains in hospital in a serious condition, while two other Met officers, who were both on duty, received less serious injuries during the Borough Market rampage.

Police said a plain-clothes officer received stitches to a head injury, while a uniformed officer suffered an injury to his arm.

The BTP officer, who was on duty, was one of the first at the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public and suffered serious injuries, which the force said are not thought to be life-threatening.

Ms Dick described the police response as "extraordinary", adding: "I think those of us who weren't there are in awe of what both the police officers armed, the unarmed officers we've heard about and indeed the emergency services and members of the public - just extraordinary amounts of courage shown."

More on this topic

London Bridge victim’s father accuses Boris Johnson of lying during TV debateLondon Bridge victim’s father accuses Boris Johnson of lying during TV debate

London Bridge terror victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest toldLondon Bridge terror victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest told

Protesters swarm Pakistan newspaper offices over London Bridge reportProtesters swarm Pakistan newspaper offices over London Bridge report

Inquests to be opened for London Bridge terror victimsInquests to be opened for London Bridge terror victims

More in this Section

36 players cleared in Spain match-fixing trial36 players cleared in Spain match-fixing trial

Sixty firefighters tackle large blaze in Glasgow city centreSixty firefighters tackle large blaze in Glasgow city centre

13 feared dead with 'no signs of life' on White Island after volcanic eruption13 feared dead with 'no signs of life' on White Island after volcanic eruption

Granny knows best: Key role of post-menopause killer whale grandmothers revealedGranny knows best: Key role of post-menopause killer whale grandmothers revealed


Lifestyle

As David Attenborough announces new series on plants, we run down some of the weird and wonderful vegetation he might include.11 bizarre plant species from around the world

The weather’s always going to be a key factor on any wedding day — but especially so when the bride works for Met Éireann, writes Eve Kelliher.Wedding of the week: Bride and groom are literally on cloud nine

My wife and I are in our fifties and she has just started using porn. She thinks it will enhance our sex life if we watch it together, but I find the idea a total turn-off.Suzi Godson's Sex Advice: My wife wants us to watch porn together?

As you probably have heard by now, changes to the rules concerning gift vouchers in Ireland came into effect earlier this month, giving consumers more rights when it comes to these popular items.Making Cents: Play your cards right when giving gift vouchers this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner