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Courage and self-sacrifice of those who took a stand against London terrorists

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Mr Larner was reportedly stabbed while protecting others from three terrorists

Larner, from Peckham, southeast London, is now recuperating in St. Thomas's hospital intensive care unit in central London, where he recounted to British newspaper the Sun the moment the group smashed the doors of the eatery and began their horrific attack.

Roy Larner's selfless act in keeping the attacker at bay has been credited with helping people flee the Black & Blue restaurant in Borough Market.

He has been bestowed the nickname the "Lion of London Bridge" to tie in with his beloved football club Milwall, and of course, the lion is representative of heart and bravery.

Roy claimed he shouted it a second time, and described it as "the worst thing" he could have done as they carried on attacking him. But Larner defiantly took them on, receiving eight stab wounds as he attempted to fight off the terrorists.

He added: 'I was on my own against all three of them, that's why I got hurt so much'. I thought, 'I need to take the piss out of these bastards. Everyone else ran to the back.

The man, who was stabbed eight times, battled with an attacker who reportedly shouted "This is for Allah".

"It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on".

The Peckham resident told the Sun he was knifed in the head, chest and both hands by the terrorists, now known to be Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba.

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Butt had recently become more devout, cleaning up his appearance and swapping casual clothes for more traditional garments. The friend described seeing Echeverria for the last time lying on the floor after confronting one of the assailants.

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A minute's silence was observed in Britain at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) in memory of those killed during the attack. NBC News reported that an American man who was shot in the head by a stray police bullet was expected to survive.

"Luckily, none of the blows were straight at me or I'd be dead".

The van then continued up the road to Borough High Street, where it crashed into a pub and the attackers jumped out.

Friends visited him in the hospital with an issue of sports magazine "Runner's World" entitled 'Learn to Run'.

This mans name is Roy Larner a friend of mine for for the past 20 odd years!Yesterday when the terrorist attacked he...

Wellwishers left messages of praise and support on the page, which was set up by Jayne Jacob who wrote: "I have been overwhelmed with the support & love for this fearless man".

"I can handle myself".

A friend of Larner's made a pitch for financial support on the crowdfunding page, JustGiving.

A petition to honour Larner with the George Cross medal for heroism has been launched, while Millwall Football Club have praised the supporter for his "immense bravery".

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