‘Lion of London Bridge’ who fought off jihadis in Borough Market publishes book

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It details his Peckham childhood, his love affair with Millwall FC and the events surrounding that horrific night

Roy Larner, the man who fought off jihadis during the 2017 London Bridge terror attack, has written a book about his childhood, his heroics, and feeling “let down” by the authorities. 

Dubbed ‘The Lion of London Bridge’, Roy, who lives in Nunhead, famously shouted “f*ck you I’m Millwall” as he fended off the terrorists in Borough Market, giving people vital seconds to escape.

His new book, also entitled ‘The Lion of London Bridge’, details his Peckham childhood, his life-long love affair with Millwall FC, and the events surrounding the London Bridge Attack.

That night, on June 3, 2017, Roy single-handedly fought his attackers, later found to have been juiced up on steroids, as they slashed his arms and neck.

It is widely accepted that his heroics in the Black the Blue restaurant gave other diners vital seconds to escape.

But the book, published last week, also tells the lesser-known story about the “overwhelming feelings of hopelessness” that Roy felt after.

It details his dismay at being made to attend a ‘Prevent’ course, designed to stop people from becoming radicalised by extremists.

At one point, the book says Roy became so depressed that to stave off the nightmares that came with sleep, he bought £100 of amphetamine.

He was caught by police, spending time in prison with people serving life-long sentences, while he says the media wrongly speculated that he was a drug dealer and he was eventually convicted of possession.

Roy, who grew up on Peckham’s Ledbury Estate, has never received a bravery award or financial compensation, something the book details.

“I was only mentioned in the inquest three or four times even though I was one of the main people who saved others.

“Police officers got the George medal. All they did was the same as I was doing, and they had batons!”

More than 23,000 people signed a petition to get a George medal. Some say he’s been denied the honour because of allegations of racism.

After the terrorist attack, a video from February 2017 emerged which showed him shouting racist abuse at anti-racism protesters in Elephant and Castle and appearing to spit at a black photographer.

Roy said: “My words were wrong and I apologised” but he questions whether he deserves to have been denied state recognition for his bravery.

He also hasn’t received any Criminal Injuries Compensation, money given to victims of violent crime, because of his unspent conviction relating to amphetamine possession.

Roy writes: “My sincere hope is that those with power will re-look at my criminal injury compensation claim and do the ‘British’ thing which is to be fair and reasonable in all things.

“Knowing all that I now know, I ask myself occasionally: Would I do it again? What do you think?

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