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Three Brit heroes take on Oz knifeman with milk crate

Brave: Lee (left) with brothers Paul (centre) and Luke

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.

Terrifying: The suspect, named as Mert Ney, brandishes a knife in the street

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.

Brawl over: The trio held down man until police arrived at the scene in Sydney

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.’

Arrested: The attacker is led away

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.’