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London Bridge attack: Skateboard hero Ignacio Echeverria receives posthumous honour


A Spanish banker who was killed fighting terrorists during the London Bridge attack has been posthumously honoured by the Queen.

Ignacio Echeverria’s parents collected a George Medal on his behalf at Buckingham Palace, which was awarded for “confronting armed terrorists in order to protect others at London Bridge”.

Mr Echeverria became known as the “skateboard hero” in the media after he used his skateboard in an attempt to help a woman who was being attacked.

The 39-year-old’s father said he was “sorry” his son couldn’t collect the royal honour himself.

Mr Echeverria was among eight killed and nearly 50 injured as three attackers struck people down in a van on London Bridge, before going on a stabbing rampage along a stretch of pubs near Borough Market.

The terrorists were shot dead by police during the attack on 3 June 2017.

Joaquin Echeverria Alonso, who received the honour on behalf of Mr Echeverria, said the Queen asked him about his son’s bravery on the night of the attack.

He added that they discussed how Mr Echeverria had tried to use his skateboard to fight off the terrorists.

Mr Alonso, who had flown to London from Madrid, said the day was a “special moment but very emotional” for him and his wife Maria Miralles De Imperial Hornedo.

He said through a translator: “To recognise the courage of my son, he will be remembered.

“He was a generous man and he helped when it was necessary.”

Three police officers who say they acted “instinctively” during the London Bridge attack were also among those honoured.

PC Wayne Marques, who was stabbed repeatedly as he fought off terrorists, was awarded the George Medal “for great courage”.

He said: “You can do nothing but appreciate the acknowledgement that the Queen, the Royal Family and the British public have given us.

“For me nothing was done for a medal, we did what we needed to do at the time.”

PC Charlie Guenigault of the Metropolitan Police, who was off duty at the time of the attack, was also awarded the medal.

He said: “(The Queen) was saying about me being off-duty and asked why I made the decision, and I said I’m not really sure, it just came to me at the time.

“You don’t do what we did intending to end up in Buckingham Palace, for all of us we did it pretty instinctively.”

Speaking about their nerves ahead of the day, PC Guenigault said: “What’s the worst that can go wrong that hasn’t already happened?

“My parents and grandparents are here and for them it’s nice.”

PC Guenigault, who was with friends at the time of the attack, ran towards the attackers and sustained serious injuries to his head, back and stomach.

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