Monday 23 October 2017

Irish mother of 'I'm Millwall' hero says her son is 'not afraid of anyone'

Phyllis Larner, whose son Roy was stabbed in the terror attack. Mr Larner in hospital in Lambeth after being stabbed multiple times by terrorists. Photo: ITV News.
Phyllis Larner, whose son Roy was stabbed in the terror attack. Mr Larner in hospital in Lambeth after being stabbed multiple times by terrorists. Photo: ITV News.

Robin Schiller

The Irish mother of a Millwall fan who has been praised for intervening during the London Bridge terror attack has described her son as "fearless".

Roy Larner (47) was cut on his head, neck, chest and hands after confronting the three terrorists after they entered the Black & Blue restaurant and bar in Borough Market.

The Millwall supporter shouted "F*** you, I'm Millwall" as he confronted the armed attackers.

His mother Phyllis, who is originally from Co Sligo, has praised her son who she says is "not afraid of anyone".

"Well I said 'that's Roy'. If anyone has a go at him he just has a go back whether he gets the worst of it or not. He doesn't care who it is, he says what he has to say. He's not scared of anyone. He's fearless, is Roy," she said.

"Even if he had died, at least we could say he stood up and did the right thing. I just feel terrible for those families who have lost people," she told 'ITV Evening News'.

A crowdfund set up for Mr Larner, who is being treated at St Thomas' Hospital in Lambeth, has now raised almost €30,000.

A petition is also being circulated calling for him to be awarded the George Cross, the second highest UK civic award.

Irish Independent

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