A hero who confronted the knife-wielding London Bridge terrorists was left fearing for his life after police told him he could be put on an ISIS kill list.
Roy Larner was dubbed the ‘Lion of London Bridge’ after he fought off knife wielding jihadis during a terrorist attack in June 2017.
After the incident, police warned him to keep a low profile as he could now be targeted by ISIS after fighting off the terrorists.
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Mr Larner was stabbed eight times during the attack by Islamic terrorists.
It has been said that he famously shouted “F*** you, I’m Millwall” as he took on the killers in Southwark ’s Borough Market, where he had been enjoying a pint with friends at the Black & Blue steakhouse in June 2017, reports My London.
After recovering from his injuries, Mr Larner escaped alone to a caravan in Romney Marsh on the Kent coast to recharge. But he struggled to return to normal life after police told him radical jihadis could be hunting him down in revenge for his heroic deeds.
He said: “I had done something spectacular and I should have been enjoying the rest of my life, but it was impossible. Even the police said I should be careful because I could be on the ISIS kill list.
“It was a nightmare. I didn’t want to sleep because I was having nightmares. I was taking amphetamine to keep awake. One night I started smashing the television and stuff up. Someone called the police and they found the amphetamine and arrested me.”
While recovering from his injuries in hospital in 2017, a video emerged of Mr Larner screaming expletives at a black photographer and spitting at him in Elephant and Castle earlier in the year. A month after the London Bridge attack, he was banned from MP Neil Coyle’s Bermondsey office after calling Muslims “pig-eating c****.” He later apologised for the Elephant and Castle incident.
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He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “After the attack I used to think that all Muslims were terrorists. But then I got invited to a mosque and I went in and met people and that was a step forward.
“I realise now you get evil and good everywhere. I love football and you have the football hooligans as well as the people who just watch it for fun.”
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Mr Larner was even placed on the government’s anti-terror watch-list, Prevent, at one point. He said he believes police got the wrong end of the stick after far-right groups unveiled banners with his name on at several marches in the capital following the 2017 attack.
Today Mr Larner reserves his anger for the authorities that he feels let him down after the London Bridge incident. Five years on, he says he is still yet to receive proper counselling and was refused compensation for the injuries he sustained because of his criminal record.
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