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British couple reveal how they want back inside the Bataclan to rescue a friend

Ben Mitchell

Published 18/11/2015 | 14:58

A policeman assists a blood-covered victim near the Bataclan concert hall, where terrorists took hundreds of concert-goers hostage and then began executing them.
A policeman assists a blood-covered victim near the Bataclan concert hall, where terrorists took hundreds of concert-goers hostage and then began executing them.

A British couple who were in the Bataclan concert hall attacked by terrorists in Paris have described how they went back inside to rescue a friend hurt in the crush to escape.

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Maria and Patrick Moore, from Southampton, were enjoying the gig by US rockers Eagles of Death Metal - who they have seen 63 times in 14 countries - when they heard what they thought were "firecrackers" being let off which turned out to be gunfire.

The couple, who have been married for 29 years and have two grown-up children, were near the front of the stage and managed to escape when Mr Moore, 49, used his wife as a "battering ram" to get to a fire exit.

But as they were managing to get out of the building, they saw friend Brian Sanders tumble and fall under the fleeing crowds and they went back inside to help him.

Mrs Moore, 50, told the Southern Daily Echo: "He was being trodden on so we went back into the doorway and yanked him up.

"We could hear the gunfire getting closer and closer and we ran up the street.

"The lead singer ran past us with his girlfriend saying: 'Run, baby, run'.

"There was the crackle of gunshots and people stumbling on the steps, I can't remember hearing anyone screaming.

"It was all so surreal and the adrenaline took over. It was all a blur."

The couple were unharmed but they had to walk Mr Sanders to hospital for treatment to a broken collarbone as the ambulances gave priority to those with gunshot wounds.

Back at home, Mrs Moore added: "I've just tried to carry on with life, but maybe it's going to hit us later.

"I don't feel different but there's guilt that we got out and other people didn't."

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