A POLISH chef was hailed a hero for his quick-thinking after he grabbed a narwhal tusk at Fishmongers’ Hall to fight off the London Bridge terrorist.
The chef, known only as Luckasz and originally from Poland, used the extraordinary prop as a weapon to battle knifeman Usman Khan, 28, with the help of several others including another man who is a convicted murderer. One man used a fire extinguisher in an attempt to stun Khan before police shot him on the Monument side of the bridge. Luckasz’s colleague, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Times: “Luckasz grabbed a nearby pole and ran at him, getting stabbed in the hand in the process but continued to pin him down.
“Being stabbed didn’t stop him giving him a beating. Luckasz is a hero.”
He is thought to have suffered cuts in the scuffle but is not believed to be seriously injured.
The attack happened at 2pm yesterday and resulted in two members of the public being killed, with three seriously injured.
One of the two victims was this afternoon named as Jack Merritt, 25, who was a Cambridge graduate.
Paying tribute his father, David, said: “My son, Jack, who was killed in this attack, would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily.
“R.I.P. Jack: you were a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog.”
Friends of Mr Merritt joined forces to pay their respects on social media.
One said: “David, I knew your son through Learning Together & I loved him to pieces – he was the sweetest, most caring and selfless individual I’ve ever met.
“The warmest heart, always with time for anyone. Completely irreplaceable – I will mourn his loss greatly and honour his memory xxxx”.
The second victim, a woman, is yet to be named by Scotland Yard.
Today, less than 24 hours after the horror attack, police named the terrorist as a man who was arrested in 2012.
Khan had been living in the Staffordshire area.
It has been reported that he was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences.
He was arrested with eight other men after plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp.
Of the nine men arrested, Khan and two others were described by Judge Mr Justice Wilkie as “the more serious jihadists”.
The judge added that Khan shouldn’t be released until he and the others were considered to no longer be a threat to the public.
In 2013, Khan and three other men argued that they shouldn’t have received indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPPs) – special sentences intended to keep prisoners beyond their original minimum term.
The Court of Appeal eventually ruled that the indeterminate sentences originally given to Khan and the others should be replaced with fixed terms and extended licences.
Judges then said it was up to the Parole Board to decide when the men were safe to be released from jail.
This saw Khan, the attacker, released in December 2018.
The three more victims remain in hospital having been seriously injured.
Heroic footage showed several civilians tackle Khan to the floor and pull one of two knives he had from his hands.
He was shot dead by police in the Monument side of the bridge.
Yesterday’s attack comes two years after the 2017 London Bridge terror attack that saw 11 people killed, including the terrorists. They mounted the pavement and rammed a car into two victims before stabbing others.