Terrorist, criminal and a Pole with a whale

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The story of the terrorist attack on the London Bridge, in which two people were stabbed to death and ten injured before the perpetrator was shot dead by the police is getting weirder and weirder.

The terrorist, Usman Khan, 28, was jailed in 2012 for a plot to blow up the Stock Exchange and assassinate Boris Johnson. He was given a 16-year prison sentence but under a crazy British law he was automatically released after serving half his sentence. Clearly, spending eight years behind bars has not rehabilitated Usman or softened his views, suggesting the original indeterminate sentence of public protection (essentially, staying at Her Majesty’s pleasure) was correct. Khan was still wearing an electronic ankle tag as went full jihadi.

There was another criminal on the bridge that moment: 42-year old James Ford was sentenced in 2004 to life with the minimum parole period of 15 years for strangling and cutting the throat of a 21-year old woman with learning disabilities. Ford was on a day release, when he rushed trying to save the life of one of the women victims of the stabbing.

Meanwhile, Usman himself was first taken down before he could stab any more people by three random men in the right place at the right time. They went after the terrorist even though he was wearing a suicide vest, which they did not know was fake, one of the heroes armed with a fire extinguisher, another with a narwhal tusk.

Two of them are Thomas Gray and Stevie Hurst, both tourist guides at Small Car Big City, where they drive sight-seers in classic Cooper Mini Minors. The two have just finished lunch at Borough Market when Khan went on his two-knife rampage.

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The man with the narwhal tusk, on the other hand, has been identified as a Polish cook, Lukasz (so far no surname), working at Fishmongers Hall, where Khan is said to have started his stabbing spree.

A co-worker told the paper: ‘Łukasz grabbed a nearby pole and ran at him, getting stabbed in the hand in the process but continued to pin him down.

‘Being stabbed didn’t stop him giving him a beating. Łukasz is a hero’.

No pun intended, co-worker! Khan, ironically, was attending a prisoner rehabilitation event.

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The narwhal horns decorate the inside of the Fishmongers Hall. 

The moral of the story is, in emergency even cooks join the Polish cavalry.

Meanwhile, in one of my favourite cities in the world, The Hague, a man is still at large after stabbing three teenagers at a busy shopping centre. All three have now been released from the hospital. The motive remains unknown.

 

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