A heroic civil servant who fought the London Bridge terrorist utilizing a narwhal tusk has described the harrowing battle with the killer.
Darryn Frost, who works for the Ministry of Justice, grabbed the artefact from the wall in Fishmongers’ Hall as Usman Khan went on a killing spree on November 29
Footage exhibits Mr Frost and different members of the general public keeping off Khan as they moved on to London Bridge.
The 38-year-old, from London, could be seen pinning Khan to the bottom and is then pulled away by a police officer earlier than the terrorist is shot useless seconds later.
The South African, who has lived within the UK for 14 years and works within the Ministry of Justice communications division, got here ahead to provide his account of the “terrible day”.
He has spoken out in a bid to induce individuals to unite in opposition to terrorism and lift cash for the victims’ households.
Mr Frost mentioned he was attending the occasion with colleagues however ran to assist when he heard a commotion downstairs.
He mentioned: “When we heard the noise from the ground beneath, a few of us rushed to the scene.
“I took a narwhal tusk from the wall and used it to defend myself and others from the attacker.
“Another man was holding the attacker at bay with a picket chair.
“I ran down the steps, stood subsequent to the person with the chair, and the 2 of us confronted the attacker.
“He had knives in each fingers and, upon seeing me with the narwhal tusk, pointed at his midriff.
“He turned and spoke to me, then indicated he had an explosive gadget round his waist.
“At this level, the person subsequent to me threw his chair on the attacker, who then began operating in direction of him with knives raised above his head.”
Mr Frost handed the tusk to his unarmed comrade – earlier than racing again upstairs to seek out one other to make use of.
He discovered the primary tusk “shattered across the floor” and noticed individuals fleeing the constructing.
He mentioned: “Along with others, I pursued the attacker, tusk in hand, on to the bridge.
“We known as out to warn the general public of the hazard and, after a battle, managed to restrain him to the bottom.
“At that time I was attempting to isolate the blades by holding his wrists in order that he couldn’t damage anybody or set off the gadget.”
Mr Frost provided his “sincere condolences” to the victims’ households and mates.
He mentioned: “In reading about their lives and work I am convinced they represent all that is good in the world, and I will always feel the deep hurt of not being able to save them.”
He praised these injured for being “so brave” and wished them a “speedy recovery”.
He spoke of how some refused remedy till others who have been extra severely damage have been tended to first, including: “That consideration and kindness filled me with hope on that dark day.”
Mr Frost mentioned he was “eternally grateful” to the prisoners and public who ran to assist, including: “Not solely do I wish to thank those that confronted the attacker, but in addition those that put themselves at risk to are inclined to the injured, relying on us to guard them whereas they cared for others.
“To the emergency providers: you probably did yourselves and the nation proud. I thanks too.
“To the general public: I hope that the half I performed in these horrible occasions can be utilized for good.”
He urged individuals to get behind a challenge he has launched, known as Extinguish Hate, to “challenge hate and spread kindness”.
While he additionally requested individuals to donate to the victims’ fundraising pages – saskia-jones.muchloved.com and the “Celebration of the life of Jack Merritt” on GoFundMe.com
Mr Frost mentioned he had omitted “many details” of his account of the incident “out of respect for the victims and their families”.
He mentioned this was additionally in consideration for the continued investigation and inquests into the assault.
He mentioned he now needs “time and space” to proceed his restoration because the “traumatic events of that day” however urged the press to make use of its “amazing ability to connect with people” as a power for good to “unify this country”.
“I feel we all have a duty to challenge the spread of fear, hatred or intolerance within our communities,” he added.
His account comes after funerals have been held for Ms Jones and Mr Merritt.
A memorial service for Ms Jones was held in Stratford-Upon-Avon to have a good time her life whereas Mr Merritt, 25, was remembered at a separate and personal service at Great St Mary’s in Cambridge.