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Murderer who confronted Fishmongers’ Hall terror attacker honoured in Queen Elizabeth’s final bravery awards | UK News

A convicted murderer who tackled a terrorist during the 2019 London Bridge attack is among those being awarded for their bravery.

Steven Gallant confronted terrorist Usman Khan as he carried out his attack at a prison education conference at Fishmongers’ Hall.

The attack occurred while Mr Gallant was on licence from prison after being one of two men convicted of killing Barrie Jackson in Hull in 2005.

Khan murdered Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, and injured three other people before running on to London Bridge.

Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday January 7 Handout photo issued by Steve Gallant of himself (left) with Jack Merritt (right, who died in the London Bridge attack) pictured at the end of a Learning Together training course in April 2018. The convicted murderer has revealed how he "did not hesitate" to help fight off a terrorist on London Bridge. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 7, 2020. Serving prisoner Steve Gallant told how he took on Usman Khan as he embarked on a killing spree armed with two kn
Steve Gallant (L) pictured with Jack Merritt (R) who died in the 2019 attack

Another former prisoner, John Crilly, hosed Khan with a fire extinguisher before communications manager, Darryn Frost, jabbed him with a narwhal tusk, sending him off balance.

This came after a fourth man, Lukasz Koczocik, used a ceremonial long pike taken from the walls of Grade II listed Fishmongers’ Hall to disarm the terrorist.

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Bystanders chase Usman Khan with narwhal tusk

Mr Gallant, Mr Crilly, Mr Frost and Mr Koczocik all feature on this year’s Civilian Gallantry list, the last to be approved by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Prison officer Adam Roberts, who escorted Mr Gallant to the event on day release, also features on the list, having given first aid to Ms Jones after she was stabbed.

Saskia Jones was killed by terrorist Usman Khan
Saskia Jones was killed by terrorist Usman Khan

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Mr Roberts said that it was “really important” for everybody that contributed to be recognised in some way.

He said: “I feel sort of mixed, it’s very difficult to celebrate when it’s for something that had an outcome that was so bad.

“It finished with Saskia literally dying in front of me as we tried to keep her alive, so it’s really difficult to celebrate at all when my thoughts are with her.”

Also on the list is John Rees who was killed as he attempted to stop a mentally ill woman carrying out a knife attack in a Co-op shop in May 2020.

The 88-year-old was stabbed and bludgeoned with two wine bottles and a fire extinguisher during the attack in South Wales.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden, said they were all “extremely worthy winners”.

He said: “We all hope we’d react with courage in the face of danger. These people have lived through that test, and responded in the most admirable way.

“Their selfless actions have saved lives, and I want to express profound thanks for their willingness to put themselves in danger to protect others.”

‘Reach for the stars’: British scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock honoured with her own Barbie doll | Science & Tech News

A British scientist known for her work with the largest space telescope ever made has been honoured with her own Barbie doll.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock has been immortalised as a one-of-a-kind plastic toy in her likeness in recognition of her achievements making space and science accessible to girls.

The 54-year-old, recently appointed chancellor of the University of Leicester, is a former British Science Association president and the first black woman to win gold at the Physics News Awards.

She is best known for presenting the BBC’s The Sky At Night.

Her doll, made by toy firm Mattel, wears an appropriately starry dress and comes with a telescope accessory – referencing her work with the James Webb Space Telescope.

The telescope – a successor to the Hubble – was a joint venture between various space agencies and scientists, and launched into space in December 2021.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock with her Barbie doll
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock with her Barbie doll

Dr Aderin-Pocock was gifted the Barbie to mark International Women’s Day and British Science Week.

“Since falling in love with the idea of space travel as a young girl, I have spent my career trying to show girls how fascinating space science can be,” she said.

“I want to inspire the next generation of scientists, and especially girls, and let them know that Stem (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is for them.”

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Dr Aderin-Pocock’s Barbie, which is not going on sale, is one of seven custom dolls Mattel has created to celebrate women blazing trails in the Stem subjects.

The others include YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki and German marine researcher Dr Antje Boetius.

Dr Aderin-Pocock hopes the expanded range of Barbie dolls will help “smash stereotypes”.

“When I was little, Barbie didn’t look like me, so to have one created in my likeness is mind-boggling,” she said.

“It’s such an honour to receive this doll that is celebrating my achievements… My daughter and I danced around the living room when we heard!”

She added: “I hope my doll will remind girls that, when you reach for the stars, anything is possible.”

Prince William has told Mark Drakeford he is ‘honoured’ to be the new Prince of Wales | UK News

Prince William has said he is “honoured” to be the new Prince of Wales during a phone call with the nation’s first minister.

Speaking to Mark Drakeford for the first time since the Queen’s death, the Prince noted his “deep affection” for Wales and vowed to spend the “months and years ahead” committed to the country’s communities.

Before his grandmother’s death, William held the title of the Duke of Cambridge, but was handed the titles previously held by his father after he became King Charles III.

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This makes him the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, while his wife Catherine is now the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

The Prince and Princess of Wales meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2022.

A statement issued by Kensington Palace following the Prince’s conversation with Mr Drakeford said: “The Prince acknowledged his and the Princess’s deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, including during the earliest months of Prince George’s life.

“The Prince and Princess will spend the months and years ahead deepening their relationship with communities across

“They want to do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and to shine a spotlight on both the challenges
and opportunities in front of them.”

Queen’s coffin leaves Balmoral

People line the street as the hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth passes through the village of Ballater, near Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 11, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The conversation was held as the Queen’s coffin started its journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh.

Draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, the coffin is travelling from the royal castle, through the Aberdeenshire countryside, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other party leaders in Scotland are expected to observe the coffin as it makes its way past the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

After arriving at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, it will rest in the throne room until Monday afternoon, when it will be moved to St Giles’ Cathedral.

There it will lie for 24 hours, so the public can pay their respects.