Give ’em a medal... he­roes who tack­led ‘sui­cide belt killer’ with whale tusk and fire ex­tin­guisher

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THE Queen has praised the brave in­di­vid­u­als who put their own lives at risk to tackle Us­man Khan.

The by­standers were hailed as he­roes as they saved lives by pin­ning the at­tacker to the ground.

Her Majesty said: “Prince Philip and I have been sad­dened to hear of the terror at­tacks at Lon­don Bridge.

“I ex­press my en­dur­ing thanks to the po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices, as well as the brave in­di­vid­u­als who put their own lives at risk to help oth­ers.”

By­standers grabbed makeshift weapons in­clud­ing fire ex­tin­guish­ers and a whale tusk to wres­tle the ji­hadi to the floor af­ter he stabbed and killed two peo­ple near Bor­ough Mar­ket.

Their ac­tions, caught on dra­matic footage, came two years af­ter the last terror at­tack on Lon­don Bridge – which saw eight killed and 48 in­jured.

Twit­ter users have called for those who helped the po­lice stop Khan, who was armed with knives and wear­ing a fake sui­cide vest, to get a knight­hood. One said: “This is ex­tra­or­di­nary.” Another user wrote:

“These guys are amaz­ing.

They were just ran­dom peo­ple who took upon them­selves to pro­tect the rest of us. Rather than fo­cus on the per­pe­tra­tor we can look up to those whose heroic ac­tions are wor­thy of ad­mi­ra­tion. I hope they get recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

A Pol­ish chef, known as Lukasz, grabbed a 5ft long tusk off the wall at Fish­mon­gers’ Hall – de­spite hav­ing been stabbed him­self.

Friends said he was work­ing there when con­victed ter­ror­ist Khan, 28, launched his at­tack at a Univer­sity of Cam­bridge con­fer­ence on pris­oner re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, killing two and in­jur­ing three. The di­rec­tor of the TV show Hol­lyoaks, who was at the con­fer­ence, helped tend to vic­tims af­ter she was caught up in the spree.

Amy Coop said: “A guy who was with us at Fish­mon­gers’ Hall took a nar­whal tusk from the wall and went out to con­front the at­tacker.”

Another man who tried to help out was a mur­derer on day re­lease while he at­tended the con­fer­ence. James Ford,

42, was jailed for life in 2004 for the mur­der of 21-year-old Amanda Cham­pion, who was found stran­gled with her throat cut in Ash­ford, Kent.

Mean­while, tour guide Thomas Gray,

24, stamped on the ter­ror­ist’s wrist to make him re­lease one of two knives.

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