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Bravery of Fishmongers’ Hall venue staff praised during London Bridge terror attack

Venue staff from Fishmongers’ Hall were among the heroes during the London Bridge terror attack.

Three people were killed and three injured in a terror attack at an event at Fishmongers’ Hall in London.

The incident happened at Fishmongers’ Hall which was hosting a conference on prisoner rehabilitation run by academics at the University of Cambridge’s criminology institute. Around 100 guests and 50 staff were in attendance.

Toby Williamson, chief executive of Fishmongers’ Hall, described how “the building turned into a nightmare”.

Williamson praised the bravery of the venue staff, named as Lukasz and Andy, calling their actions “extraordinary things done by ordinary people”.

He said: “They took a decision, one that enough was enough. They were determined it wasn’t going to go on.

“They are two of the most humble people… but in the heat of the moment, people do extraordinary things. I am very proud to know them.”

“There was a scream, there was blood. People thought it was an exercise at first,” he told the BBC.

He recalled how the two men “used fire extinguishers, chairs and narwhal tusks ripped off the wall” to fight off the attacker.

Fishmongers’ Hall is a Grade II* listed building adjacent to London Bridge. The venue’s website is currently unavailable, as it is undergoing scheduled maintenance.

23 year-old Cambridge University graduate Saskia Jones was fatally stabbed alongside another ex-student, 25 year-old Jack Merritt, in the attack that began at the London Bridge venue on Friday 29 November.

They were stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, at an event to mark five years of the university’s Learning Together programme – which focuses on prisoner rehabilitation. Three other people were injured in the attack, with two still in hospital in a stable condition.

Khan was later shot dead by police on London Bridge. He was released from prison in December 2018 after serving half of his sentence.

Cambridge University’s vice-chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope said he was “devastated” to learn that staff and alumni were among the victims.

He said: “What should have been a joyous opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this unique and socially transformative programme, hosted by our Institute of Criminology, was instead disrupted by an unspeakable criminal act.

“Among the three people injured, whose identities have not been publicly released, is a member of university staff. Our university condemns this abhorrent and senseless act of terror.

“This is an attack on our community and it was intended, in such, to produce a form of terror and sadness – and it has clearly done that.”