Three Brits heroes who restrained knifeman 'glad' they played their part
A trio of British men from Manchester are being hailed as heroes for helping to restrain a man with a knife in Sydney Australia.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the group of friends said they are happy to have played “their part” as they revealed the uncanny discussion they had about what they would do in a similar scenario, just months before the attack.
Reflecting on the moment they left the office to help, Luke O'Shaughnessy they didn't question their decision to intervene and decided to help because it felt like the right thing to do.
“I heard the commotion. I heard a loud screech and a scream from a woman. I saw a man waving a knife, he was on top of a car covered in blood," Luke told Good Morning Britain.
He added: “Even in lift on the way down, my heart was pounding. I was saying to the boys, ‘He’s got a knife and he’s covered in blood, whatever happens we’ve got to go for him and help the others out.’”
“As we got outside we saw that he’d moved on then. We were following the commotion, seeing people crying. We could see which direction he’d gone in. We sprinted round and finally caught up with him.”
Once at the scene, the trio helped to tackle the man to the ground and restrain him with chairs and a crate, until the police could arrive at the scene.
“We helped restrain the guy with the beer crates and the chairs as well. None of us had any weapons, he had his weapons," Luke explained.
“The police acted very quickly, don’t get me wrong. When they got on the scene it was unreal.”
Despite the positive reaction from the public following their brave display, Luke says he still doesn't believe they deserve to be called heroes.
He said: “We don’t want to say we’re called heroes, it was more the guys that were already there – the firefighters that had axes, the members of the public that had chairs.
"We were just happy that we could help and do our bit and when we got there we made sure that we restrained him and that he wasn’t going anywhere else really. It was just so sad to see everybody upset. We’re just glad that we could play our part and get there.”
He later admitted: “It really hit home afterwards.”
Asked if their parents were shaken upon hearing their sons had put their lives at risk, Luke's brother Paul said of their mother: “She said, ‘What on earth? Are you joking, Paul?’ I said, ‘No, I’m being serious, the police are here they want to question me.’ She pulled over and googled it and it was all over the world!”
In a strange sequence of events, Luke revealed the group had discussed such an event in the office, and what they’d do if it happened, just a few months before.
He said: “We had the conversation in the office [only three months ago], the ‘what if’ is this happened, what would you do? We said what happens if someone did come up the street, wielding a knife, which is really weird. We all said we’d help if we can, we’re quite physical guys.”
Paul added: “We were just a trio of several people that helped on the day and we’d do it again.”