THREE Britons who used a chair and a milk crate to pin down a rampaging knifeman have been hailed as heroes.
The trio were praised for subduing the attacker after he stabbed a 41-year-old Chinese woman in the back and tried to harm others while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ and ‘shoot me’ in Sydney.
Police believe the man, named by Australian media as 21-year-old mental health patient Mert Ney, also murdered a woman, 21, who was found dead with her throat slit in a nearby hotel.
Video footage of the rampage that left the Chinese victim injured shows the attacker jumping on top of a car and falling off as the motorist drives away. He is then seen running through the street, lashing out at passers-by.
He was eventually restrained by a group of men before police arrived at the scene to arrest him. Among the men were brothers Paul and Luke O’Shaughnessy and friend Lee Cuthbert.
The trio hail from Bury, Greater Manchester, but live Down Under, where they own a recruitment business. They were in an office building when they heard a commotion outside just after 3pm yesterday.
Police superintendent Gavin Wood said: ‘They are significantly brave people. They approached the person, with clear evidence of a stabbing previously. These people are heroes, and I want to acknowledge that.’ Last night, the attacker was in police custody.
Officers said they were not treating the stabbing as a terror attack.
The brothers said they didn’t hesitate to intervene. Paul, 37, a former midfielder with Bury FC, said: ‘Our immediate reaction was let’s go and help. We just ran after him and jumped on the guy.’ Luke, 30, added: ‘We’re the kind of guys who ask questions later and act on instinct. I would do it again.’
Father-of-two Paul, who has lived in Australia for 11 years, said he felt it was a way of thanking his adopted home. He said: ‘I’ve given something back today by doing what’s right. The British can do Britain proud by coming to another country and doing what they can to help.’
But he added: ‘Mum is always telling us to be careful. She’s going to go crazy.’