The latest headlines in your inbox This is the hero kitchen porter who chased down the London Bridge attacker with a “seven foot-long gladiatorial pike”. Lukasz Koczocik who works at Fishmongers’ Hall where Usman Khan’s rampage began, grabbed the pike displayed on a wall when he heard “loud screaming” coming from upstairs. The Polish national then joined the group of…
This is the hero kitchen porter who chased down the London Bridge attacker with a “seven foot-long gladiatorial pike”.
Lukasz Koczocik who works at Fishmongers’ Hall where Usman Khan’s rampage began, grabbed the pike displayed on a wall when he heard “loud screaming” coming from upstairs.
The Polish national then joined the group of men who were filmed chasing the assailant along London Bridge, one also brandishing a fire extinguisher.
Extraordinary new details emerged this week of how staff at Fishmongers’ Hall fought Khan off in “straight combat”, allowing scores of other potential victims to escape.
Toby Williamson, chief executive of the conference venue said the “selfless” acts by a number of workers and people attending a conference on Friday helped save lives.
Mr William said that Lukasz, a trained first aider, was cleaning glasses in the basement when he heard “loud screaming” and ran to the first floor where he saw Khan with two knives.
The Polish national grabbed a “seven foot-long gladiatorial pike from the wall” before charging at Khan, striking him in the chest, where it bounced off his fake suicide vest.
In the ensuing fight, Lukasz suffered five stab wounds to his left arm.
Mr Williamson said: “He makes a choice and goes towards the trouble.
“There’s blood, there’s screaming, there’s chaos. Lukasz pulls off the wall this long stick. He charges towards the bad guy and impacts him on the chest.
“There is clearly something here that is protective and it does not make any sort of impact.
“But he is buying time; he allows others to escape, to move to adjacent rooms, and he has got about a one-minute, one-on-one straight combat.
“This guy, Khan, works his way up Lukasz’s pole, slashing with this knife, and (Lukasz) takes five wounds to his left side… But he has done what he needed to do.”
He said two other men, part of the Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation organisation staging the event at the hall, then “join the fight”.
Mr Williamson also said Fishmonger Hall maintenance worker Andy — an ex-Ministry of Defence policeman — and receptionists Gareth and Dawn, were instrumental in preventing more casualties.
He told BBC Breakfast: “One has got a fire extinguisher now, and one has got a narwhal tusk ripped off the wall … It is pretty gruesome. The terrorist decided he was outnumbered. He runs for it.”
Ex-offender Marc Conway, a policy officer at the Prison Reform Trust, was at the conference and reportedly tried to tackle Khan. After sprinting down the main staircase, the “next bit of hell” was at reception, Mr Williamson said.
“He [Khan] can’t get out the front door. Our guy, called Gareth, is pushing the door shut as good as he can, so that Dawn, a yard behind can get on the telephones, hit the alarms.”
He said Khan then moved to the cloakroom, where two women, Anna and Sandra, have “a hell of a time”, before it all comes to “a great showdown” in the entrance hall, with Lukasz “leading the charge” with “pretty cool customer” Andy.
The door is then opened and Khan runs off along London Bridge.
“The first one after him is Lukasz, shouting at everyone to get out of the way and get back. But members of the public just don’t do that nowadays — they do what they needed to do. They join in. The man with the fire extinguisher, the man with the narwhal tusk, they are all in there; Lukasz is losing strength on his left side, but I tell you what — his job is done. The police are there.”
An off-duty British Transport Police officer helped wrestle a knife away from Khan, and another kitchen porter named Mohammed, believed to have been on his lunch break, also helped restrain the killer.
Convicted murderer James Ford, who had been attending the event at Fishmongers’ Hall, also reportedly helped tackle Khan before the terrorist was shot dead by police.
Mr Williamson said that Lukasz, who is in his early thirties, will be celebrating his birthday at home tomorrow with his partner after being discharged from hospital.
He is also set to receive a medal from the Polish government.
Mr Williamson said the porter told him “he wants to be the first one back into work”. He told the Standard: “He is stoic. He is a great colleague, and a great friend.”
He added: “Andy and Lukasz are just two of the most humble people you would know, and yet in the heat of the moment they do extraordinary things.”
Lukasz’s bravery has been likened to that of Romanian baker Florin Morariu, who tackled terrorists with a crate in Borough Market in 2017.
Khan was at the hall to attend the conference organised by the Cambridge University-associated Learning Together programme.
A Cambridge University spokesman said “a number of people” who were at the event “tackled Khan in the first instance and helped bundle him out of the building”.