Baker Florin Morariu has been praised for his actions during Saturday night’s terror attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market.
Morariu, who works at Bread Ahead in Borough Market, is reported to have thrown crates at one of the attackers, helped 20 people into the bakery, and pulled the shutters down to protect them.
Seven people were killed in the attack when a van ploughed into pedestrians and terrorists carried out multiple stabbings.
Morariu told BBC News: “I felt pity for the victims who were lying on the ground; I didn’t know how to handle things and thought I was also in danger. I just threw the crate at him [attacker].
“I threw the first crate, I knew he was going to dodge it, and while he dodged it, I hit him with the second crate that was in my other hand. The moment, I hit him, there was a police car coming towards us, they were shouting to run away because they were going to throw a grenade.”
Morariu has been praised on Twitter with comments including: “Romanian Florin Morariu was a true hero during London terrorist attack! Proud of our Romanians abroad” and “As if I didn’t like Bread Ahead enough already… These are the names we must remember from this; Florin Morariu is a hero”.
Donald Hyslop, chair of Borough Market Trustees, said the organisation was deeply shocked by Saturday’s events.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless act,” Hyslop said. “Borough Market is in the heart of a strong, diverse and creative community, a community that supports each other and will pull together to show solidarity in the face of this callous attack.
“We would like to thank the emergency services for their bravery and quick response. We continue to work with the Metropolitan police with their investigations and the Market and surrounding area remains closed at this time.”
British Baker has contacted Bread Ahead for comment from Florin Morariu.