Mr Larner , A Millwall football fan who dubbed the ‘Lion of London Bridge’ for taking on three knife-wielding terrorists with his bare hands has finally spoken over his encounter.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Roy Larner, 47, told Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid of the terrifying moment the horror unfolded. According to Lanre, He launched himself at Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba in the Black & Blue restaurant in Borough Market, yelling: ‘F**k you, I’m Millwall.’
‘The three of them, I’m fighting them, and at the time I’m thinking of those families and kids who need to get out of the bar. It happened in about 45 seconds and as I’ve got them out they’ve been shot around me.’
Mr Larner’s actions are said to have saved lives as people were able to escape while he fought the terrorists back, getting slashed in his head, chest and hands in the process.
The 47-year-old, from Peckham, south London, is recovering from surgery after being slashed ‘in the head’ multiple times by the assailants.
He added: ‘You don’t know who they are, what it’s about, it’s just an instant thing, a madness, but the best thing was seeing them shot around me.’
When asked what made him risk his own life to fight them off? he joked: ‘Maybe I’m a bit brain dead. I don’t know, I wish I knew. When people enjoy themselves on a night out, you don’t want to let these people win.
The brave Millwall supporter was left with horrific injuries after being stabbed eight times
‘You don’t know who they are. I didn’t even see they had the fake suicide vests on or nothing. It was just an instant reaction. Whether I’d do it again, I don’t know. You just try and stop them coming in.
‘OK I got a good hiding from it, but they’re not alive, I am still.’
He later joked he could be of some assistance to Piers, telling the host: ‘If you’re looking for a minder Piers.’
Yesterday Mr Larner was pictured propping himself up in his hospital bed with a ‘learn to run’ manual his friends had given him – which they said displayed ‘our south east London sense of humour’.
Roy Larner, 47, fought off the knife-wielding terrorists inside a bar in Borough Market
He told The Sun the three murderers started shouting Islamic chants, and said: ‘Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, “I need to take the p*** out of these b******s”.’
‘I took a few steps towards them and said, “F*** you, I’m Millwall,” So they started attacking me.’
As he shouted the same message again, the attack got even more frenzied and Roy was forced to swing wildly at the terrorists who killed seven and put 48 people in hospital in their rampage.
He added: ‘I was on my own against all three of them, that’s why I got hurt so much.
‘It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on. I was swinging.
‘I got stabbed and sliced eight times. They got me in my head, chest and both hands. There was blood everywhere.’
Luckily, none of the blows he received hit him cleanly and he survived the ordeal gaining himself the nickname the Lion of London Bridge in a nod to the South-East London football club.
Admiration for his actions has poured in since the tragic night resulting in his friend Archie Webber-Brown setting up a petition for Roy to be given the George Cross.
It is the highest award a civilian can receive for showing extreme courage in the face of adversity – the equivalent of the Victoria Cross in the military.