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Locals caught up in London terror

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Locals caught up in London terror thumbnailAlexandra Reid

A COOKSTOWN waitress based in London has spoken of her shock and horror at the horrific weekend attack that has resulted in the death of seven people.

Three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market.

Taking to Facebook the morning after, Alexandra Reid, who was working in the middle of the area where the attacks were taking place said: "I have no words for the events that happened in London Bridge.

"I never thought I would be in the middle of something like that, having to keep a restaurant of people calm when you are full on freaking out.

"It had to be one of the scariest nights of my life."

A Magherafelt model was also caught at the scene of the incident.

Gerard Lavery had been working on a film shoot in the capital and was planning to celebrate after wrapping up the project as the terrorists began their rampage.

"It was a very sociable area, very cosmopolitan, everybody was very friendly, but then everything changed," he said.

"We'd just left the hotel when everything went in to lockdown - tubes, taxis, everything.

"It was crazy. Ambulances were coming flying by, Police and ambulance constantly. We didn't really understand the scale of what was going on. It was just really scary seeing it all.

"You never really think you're going to be that person," he said.

But you can't live your life in fear, you really can't. That's what I've taken from it - but it is still a lot to take in, it has been pretty mad."

The attack claimed the lives of seven people, with another 48 injured.

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