Thursday 8 December 2016

'Someone could have grabbed him' - Tube station attack hero slams bystanders for filming on phones

Sam Dean

Published 07/12/2015 | 08:13

The Leytonstone attacker is arrested after being Tasered
The Leytonstone attacker is arrested after being Tasered
Police officers Tasered and subdued the attacker (centre) at Leytonstone tube station

An engineer has described how he fought a knife-wielding terror suspect at Leytonstone Underground station while onlookers filmed with their phones.

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David Pethers continued to grapple with the man, who had attacked one victim while allegedly shouting "This is for Syria", even after he was cut in the neck.

The 33-year-old said he and one other commuter tackled the attacker while other people stood back and recorded the action.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "There were other adult men standing there, just filming it on their phones. There were so many opportunities where someone could have grabbed him."

Police cordon off Leytonstone Underground Station after the stabbing incident (PA)
Police cordon off Leytonstone Underground Station after the stabbing incident (PA)

Mr Pethers had arrived at the Tube station at around 7pm on Saturday night when he saw a man lying on the floor in surrounded by blood.

He said: "I was walking down into the station ... as I got to the ticket office there was a pool of blood on the floor and a guy with a knife going mad.

"Basically, the scene I walked into was the guy lying on the floor, blood everywhere, and this guy shouting and that is when I tried to get everyone out of the station.

"There was a guy with a rucksack saying 'Calm down, let's talk about this' and I saw this guy was going to go for him.

Police fire a Taser, left, and the attacker is floored, right
Police fire a Taser, left, and the attacker is floored, right

"Basically, we kind of contained him in the main ticket area. He kind of went for me and I went for him and he cut my neck.

"I was dragged away, I was bleeding from the neck. I know it sounds crazy but I went back to have another go.

"Then the police turned up. They fired four Tasers and then they contained the situation from there."

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