Witnesses to the knife attacks at Borough Market in London reported that, while people were being stabbed by the attackers, unarmed community police officers fled from the scene, leaving the patrons of the restaurant and other pedestrians to resort to other means in order to defend themselves and the people being assaulted.
An eyewitness report released by The Guardian on Twitter, and covered by Guardian reporter Lisa O’Carroll stated, “Witnesses said they saw two men stabbing people outside the well-known Roast restaurant in Borough market. A chef from the nearby Fish restaurant said: ‘I saw two guys with big knives downstairs outside Roast. They were stabbing people. The police were running away, they were community police. They were normal officers, they were running away.’”
The statement from the chef continued, “The guy with the knife was killing two people. We were shouting ‘stop, stop’ and people threw chairs at them. Police came and shot straight away.”
O’Carroll reported on another statement where another staff member from Fish said, “I saw two people in Breadhead bakery, they had blood on them, they were civilians,” continuing, “I never expected to see this happen here.”
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 4, 2017
Six people have been confirmed killed in the attacks at Borough Market and London Bridge. Three male suspects were shot and killed by police, an action Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner said was completed within the first eight minutes after the initial emergency call was received.
An additional 30 people were injured during the attacks and taken to five London hospitals for treatment. Other individuals with injuries were also treated at the scene.
None of the injured or the individuals deemed responsible for the assaults have been named, and police currently believe that all of the perpetrators have been killed, though investigations are still ongoing.