THE first person stabbed in the London Bridge attack came ‘nose to nose’ with the knifeman, an inquest heard yesterday.
Richard Livett, who had been out watching football, dived out of the way as the terrorists smashed into railings in a hired van.
He thought he had witnessed a road accident but after a ‘split second’ he was confronted by an attacker yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’, who he believes was Khuram Butt.
‘His face was literally an inch or so off, nose to nose,’ Mr Livett, 53, told the Old Bailey. ‘I felt what I thought initially was a punch in the back, which turned out to be him flailing his arm around the back of me and stabbing me.’
Mr Livett lay slumped on the ground, then made it his ‘personal mission’ to get help.
He banged on the door of the locked Globe Tavern and collapsed outside before rescuers helped him back to the bridge to get first aid.
Eight people were killed by Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, who were shot dead after their June 2017 attack. The inquest continues.