A police officer was seriously injured after he took on all three terrorists at London Bridge armed only with a baton.
The hero, an officer with British Transport Police, was stabbed in the face, head and leg while trying to prevent the deadly attack which claimed seven victims.
BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: ‘Having visited the officer in hospital shortly after he was admitted for treatment, I was able to hear his account of what happened last night.
‘It became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help.
‘Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station.’
Scotland Yard said a Met Police officer, who was off-duty at the time, was also injured in the attack.
Both men remain in hospital with serious injuries but neither are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.
This afternoon, more details emerged about how the first officer to respond showed incredible heroism.
Chief Constable Crowther said: ‘For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.
‘All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world.
‘Our thoughts are with all of those who died or were injured, and their loved ones as they try to come to terms with what happened.’
A source told Sky News that he ‘took on all terrorists until he was forced to the ground’.
The man, a rugby player, was immediately lauded for his selflessness with hundreds commenting, one saying: ‘Hope this hero pulls through. I can’t imagine that sort of bravery!’
A van ploughed into pedestrians enjoying a night out in London Bridge, before attackers went from bar to bar stabbing people around Borough Market.
The horrific, brutal attack has been officially declared a terrorist incident.
Since the attack was first reported last night, police officers, paramedics and doctors have been working through the early hours of the morning to help those injured in the attacks.