London Bridge attack hero used skateboard to fight off terrorist

An inquest into the 2017 London Bridge attack has revealed more details of a victim who used his skateboard to fight off a terrorist.

On June 3, 2017, a van deliberately drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before the three occupants then ran into a nearby market area to stab people.

Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverria was one of eight people killed during the attack, but continues to be remembered for his heroic final act.

The inquest heard how Echeverria stepped in when he saw one of the terrorists, Rachid Redouane, stabbing Marie Bondeville. He swung his skateboard at the terrorist, before Redouane lunged at him with a knife.

Another of the terrorists, Youssef Zaghba, then tried to stab Echeverria, who used his skateboard to parry the blows until Redouane sliced into his torso.

The event was captured on CCTV footage and shown to the inquest, alongside video of Echeverria biking moments before the attack.

In a statement at the inquest, his friend Guillermo Sanchez-Montisi said Echeverria immediately went to help Bondeville.

"It was like he didn’t even think about it, but reacted immediately," he said.

"He was to the right side of that group, hitting the attackers with his skateboard."

Bondeville suffered 18 stab wounds but survived the attack.

Echeverria was posthumously honoured by the Queen last year for his actions.