Romanian chef thought on his feet when he hit an attacker over the head with a crate and let 20 terrified people into the bakery where he works during the terror attack on Borough Market.
Florin Morariu has been hailed on social media as a hero after taking in the people and apprehending the attacker.
The baker, who works at the Bread Ahead bakery in the market, told The Associated Press: “We were looking out of the window because we saw that everyone was agitated, everyone was running, people, women… they were fainting, falling and we went outside to see what was happening.”
He said when he went outside and saw two people stabbing others, he at first “froze” and didn’t know what to do. But then he went and hit one of the attackers on the head with a crate.
“There was a car with a loudspeaker saying ‘go, go’ and they (police) threw a grenade…. and then I ran.”
In an interview for ProFM, a Romanian radio station, Mr Morariu said that he now feared he could be the target of a revenge attack.
“I don’t want any money and I didn’t want to be a hero. The only thing I want now is to be given some protection,” he explained. “Frankly, I’m disappointed. I tried to do good; to do the right thing, but no-one from the police has called me to discuss security.”
The baker, who was working a night-shift when the terrorists struck, said that people had tried to stop him leaving the relative security of the bakery to confront the terrorists with his two bread crates.
“They said ‘It’s a terrorist attack,’ and ‘Can’t you see people are dead’ but I walked out the door,” he told the radio station.
Mr Morariu said that when he saw an attacker stabbing someone he first thought about fleeing, but decided against it because he thought he might be caught.
“So I took a crate and threw it at the attacker and then ran towards him and used the other crate to hit him on the head.”
He added that when he saw that “people were desperate,” he let about 20 people into the bakery and pulled the shutters down.
(Originally Published at Telegraph.co.uk, click here for more)
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