Tube station attack hero slams bystanders for filming on phones

An engineer has described how he fought a knife-wielding terror suspect at Leytonstone Underground station while onlookers filmed with their phones.

David Pethers continued to grapple with the man, who had attacked one victim while allegedly shouting “This is for Syria”, even after he was cut in the neck.

The 33-year-old said he and one other commuter tackled the attacker while other people stood back and recorded the action.

(Jonathan Brady/PA)

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “There were other adult men standing there, just filming it on their phones. There were so many opportunities where someone could have grabbed him.”

Pethers had arrived at the Tube station at around 7pm on Saturday when he saw a man lying on the floor in surrounded by blood.

He said: “I was walking down into the station … as I got to the ticket office there was a pool of blood on the floor and a guy with a knife going mad.

“There was a guy with a rucksack saying ‘Calm down, let’s talk about this’ and I saw this guy was going to go for him.

(Jonathan Brady/PA)

“Basically, the scene I walked into was the guy lying on the floor, blood everywhere, and this guy shouting and that is when I tried to get everyone out of the station.

“Basically, we kind of contained him in the main ticket area. He kind of went for me and I went for him and he cut my neck.

“I was dragged away, I was bleeding from the neck. I know it sounds crazy but I went back to have another go.

“Then the police turned up. They fired four Tasers and then they contained the situation from there.”

Police have repeatedly asked that any footage of the the knife attack be uploaded to a central website.


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