Narwhal tusk hero describes how he fought off London Bridge knifeman
Darryn Frost left a card and a flower at the scene of the attack (Image: PA)
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A hero civil servant who used a narwhal tusk to tackle the Fishmongers' Hall terrorist has wept as he described leaving a rose at the scene for the knifeman who tried to kill him.
Darryn Frost grabbed the makeshift weapon from the wall of the building as Usman Khan went on a killing spree during a prisoner rehabilitation programme last November.
Khan, armed with two knives and wearing a fake suicide vest, killed Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt in the attack.
Speaking before Sunday's anniversary, Darryn, 38, read from a card he left for Khan along with the flower at the scene of the attack on London Bridge.
Usman Khan was shot dead by police
(Image: WEST MIDLANDS POLICE HANDOUT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX)
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Fighting back tears, he told the BBC Breakfast: “Finally, I leave a rose from me as I try to be as compassionate as Saskia and Jack were but I realise that I still have some way to go.”
Darryn told how he protected Khan from bystanders who were kicking him after he had been wrestled to the ground.
He said: “I had to shift my body to cover his head to protect him. I said: 'Don't hit him, take the knives from him.'
The hero helped to bring down Usman Khan
“I was the last person on Khan when the police arrived.
“They had their guns pointed at me and Khan and they were shouting 'move away, move away'.
“I was holding him because I believed he had this bomb he could set off and could kill everyone.”
The police dragged Darryn off and shot Khan dead.
Tributes left for Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who were killed in the terror attack
(Image: Getty Images)
Harrowing footage showed the South African and other members of the public heroically fending off Khan as they moved on to London Bridge.
He said the attack has had a lasting impact on his mental health.
But Darryn still believes in giving people a second chance and rehabilitating prisoners.
He said of Khan: “I saw a lot of sadness in that guy's face. He had nothing to live for. The only way to change people is with hope.”
Darryn fought off Khan alongside Steven Gallant, 42, who was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of ex-firefighter Barrie Jackson in Hull.
Steven was on day release attending a prisoner rehabilitation event when he confronted Khan.
He has been given a Royal Pardon and will be considered for parole ten months early because of his brave actions.