- Two of the men who helped disarm and detain the London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan are convicted felons.
- James Ford was convicted of murdering 21-year-old Amanda Champion in 2004, and ex-offender Marc Conway now works as a policy officer at the Prison Reform Trust.
- Ford is in the final stage of serving a sentence at Standford Hill open prison, and was out on licence in London on Friday.
- Khan attacked attendees at a criminal rehabilitation conference at Fishmonger’s Hall just before 2 p.m. Friday, killing two and injuring three.
- Members of the public, including Ford and Conway, disarmed Khan and detained him on London Bridge until police arrived. He was shot dead by officers from the City of London Police.
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Two of the men who helped take down the London Bridge terrorist were convicted felons, one of whom was a murderer serving the final stage of his sentence.
A number of civilians detained and disarmed 28-year-old Usman Khan after he began attacking people near London Bridge just before 2 p.m. on Friday.
Amongst them were James Ford, convicted of murdering 21-year-old Amanda Champion in 2004, and ex-offender Marc Conway, now working as a policy officer for the Prison Reform Trust.
Ford was not attending the Learning Together criminal reform conference at Fishmonger’s Hall where Khan began his attack, but helped him pin him down on London Bridge until police arrived,The Guardian reported.
Ford is in the final stage of serving a sentence at the open prison HMP Standford Hill in Kent, he was out of prison on licence, according to Kent Online.
Conway wrote on his LinkedIn page that: “I have a passion to effect positive change through challenging current policies by using my intensive experiences of the criminal justice system to encourage prison reform.”
Conway’s crime is unknown.
Two people died in Friday’s knife attack, and three were injured.
23-year-old Saskia Jones and 25-year-old Jack Merritt were graduates of the University of Cambridge, and were both involved in Learning Together.
Merritt was a coordinator of the prison program and Jones was a volunteer.
Along with Ford and Conway, local tour guide Thomas Grey, 24, and his colleague Steve helped disarm Khan.
“I’ve played rugby my whole life – the rule is one in, all in,” Grey told The Times of London.
“My colleague Steve had the same thought and got out of his car. My thoughts were just ‘stop the dude’.”
A kitchen porter at Fishmonger’s Hall called Mohammed, and a chef identified only as Lukasz also fought off Khan, the latter using a five-foot Narwhal tusk to help subdue the terrorist.
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