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Laing O'Rourke worker praised after bid to foil London Bridge attackers

A Laing O’Rourke worker has been praised by the contractor for his “courage” after attempting to foil the attackers in the London Bridge terrorist attack. 

Gerard Vowls, who works for Laing O’Rourke on Crossrail, threw chairs, pint glasses, bottles and bicycle parts at the attackers in an attempt to stop them stabbing a woman, The Times reported.

Mr Vowls told Sky News he also ran towards the attackers to distract them from attacking the woman.

“They chased me, one of them did,” he said.

Mr Vowls had been watching the Champions League final in a pub and was going home when the attack started.

He added: “I was telling everyone, ‘Go, go, go. They’ve got knives, they’re terrorists.’ They went to a restaurant, and [then] another one.

“They went to the Wheatsheaf [pub]. As they left, I was going, ‘Oi, cowards!’ I chucked a bottle at them, pint glasses, stools, chairs – whatever I could find.” 

Laing O’Rourke business unit leader of UK infrastructure Viv Jones said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those so tragically killed and injured on Saturday night.

“We thank the police and emergency services for their swift response and for the bravery also shown by members of the public in the face of such horror. 

“One such person seeking to help those around him was our colleague Gerard Vowls, and we are immensely proud of his courage.”

Seven people were killed in the incident and 48 injured, according to the BBC. 

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  • Well done! Very brave man. I hope you give him a good bonus.

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