London Bridge: People hail ‘tremendous bravery’ of capital’s emergency services to mark one-year anniversary of attack



People have hailed the “tremendous bravery” of London’s emergency services one year on from the London Bridge attack.

It comes as Londoners are sharing messages of hope and solidarity to mark the anniversary of the atrocity which left eight people dead.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called on people to pay tribute to the innocent victims of the “cowardly act” last June by sending messages of resilience using the hashtag #LondonUnited. 

Mr Khan said he is proud of how the capital has responded one year on from the attack by “staying true to our values and way of life”.

Emergency services tending to the wounded after the June 3 attack (PA)

Members of emergency services throughout the UK marked the anniversary by paying tribute to police and medical staff in London.

NHS England said London Ambulance Service “showed dedication, professionalism and extraordinary ability” in the face of terror. 

“We are grateful to all emergency services who work to save lives,” the health body wrote on Twitter.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council also tweeted in recognition of the capital’s police officers. 

NPCC tweeted: “Today marks a year since the London Bridge attack and our thoughts are with those people who lost loved ones. 

“That night police officers ran towards danger to keep people safe and we pay tribute to them.”

Emergency services in London also shared messages to mark a year since the June 3 violence when a terrorist trio drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby Borough Market with 12-inch ceramic knives.

British Transport Police tweeted: “Today we’re remembering the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, one year ago.

“Thinking of the people who lost their lives, all those affected by events 12 months ago…and those who ran towards the danger that night.”

Heroes of London Bridge attack – in pictures

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Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff, clinical director and consultant in emergency medicine at King’s

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Malcolm Tunnicliff featured in TV programme 24 Hours in A&E

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Ex-police officer Darren Jaundrill

Matt Writtle

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Joe Palermo, a bouncer from Italy

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Joe Palermo helped people to shelter in Bill’s

Matt Writtle

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Baker Florin Morariu

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Journalist Geoff Ho was stabbed in the neck while trying to help others

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LAS wrote: “Today, one year on, we remember everyone affected by the London Bridge attacks. 

“We would also like to thank again our staff and all the emergency services who responded quickly, bravely and professionally in very difficult circumstances that night.”

One member of LAS, Lauren Smith, wrote: “It was the hardest night watching it unfold and knowing my @Ldn_Ambulance colleagues were there. 

“Those at the scene, in the control room, at HQ managing the incident and everyone who worked on it for weeks and months afterwards are heroes. And they don’t even realise it.”

London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Our thoughts are with all those who were affected by the #LondonBridge attack a year ago today.”

Meanwhile staff from across the Met Police shared their tweets of support.

Jim Cole of Met Police in Southwark said: “Thinking of the people killed, injured and the tremendous bravery of the men and women I work with who put themselves at risk to save others. #Proud.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby urged prayer for those still suffering a year on from the attack.

He tweeted: “Let us pray for those still suffering after the London Bridge attack, with deep compassion for wounded and bereaved.

“Today many who witnessed, acted with courage and saved life will feel sorrow. Let us stand with them in thankfulness for their courage.”

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his thoughts are with all those affected by the terror attack.

Mr Corbyn tweeted: “Just as after the attacks in Manchester and Finsbury Park, our communities stood together and refused to be divided, even in the face of great tragedy.”

He also praised hero police officer Wayne Marques, who was stabbed as he confronted all three attackers.

Prime Minister Theresa May said London’s resolve against terrorism has never been stronger, ahead of a national minute’s silence to commemorate victims of the attack.

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She said: “Today we remember those who died and the many more who were injured, and also pay tribute to the bravery of our emergency services and those who intervened or came to the aid of others.

“The many stories of courage demonstrated that night will always stay with me – such as Ignacio Echeverria, who died after confronting the terrorists with the only thing he had, his skateboard, and Geoff Ho, who spent almost two weeks in hospital after being stabbed in the neck as he shielded his friends.”

Those killed in the attack were Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, Frenchmen Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36 and Xavier Thomas, 45, Australians Kirsty Boden, 28 and Sara Zelenak 21, and Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria, 39.

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, who will host the service of commemoration, said the Tree of Healing will be “a constant reminder to us all of those who were harmed but also of the importance of our communities coming together to stand against violence in all its forms”.

A digital book of hope will be available at Southwark Cathedral throughout the weekend for the public to sign.



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