Lion of London Bridge Roy Larner ‘denied Government compensation’ for attack injuries over convictions

Josh Salisbury (17 July, 2019)

First Roy was allegedly placed on an anti-extremism programme - and now he says he's been refused compensation because of his convictions

18521A fundraiser has been set up for Roy (pictured early last year) after he was allegedly denied compensation for his terror attack injuries

Roy Larner, dubbed the Lion of London Bridge for heroically fighting the terrorists during the June 2017 attack, has allegedly been denied Government compensation for the injuries he sustained.

Roy tackled the jihadis screaming: ‘F*** you I’m Millwall’, getting repeatedly stabbed in arm, neck and chest.

But now the Millwall fan claims he has been told he is not liable for Government compensation for the injuries he sustained during the attack – because of unspent convictions.

As first revealed by the Sun newspaper, a letter sent to Roy by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, allegedly states: “I regret to inform I am unable to make an award as the scheme states an award will be withheld for unspent convictions.”

Roy is appealing the decision, as he has only received suspended sentences since the June atrocity, and did not actually go to jail.

“I felt gutted really, it was a knock-back,” he said. “But you’ve just got to keep your head-up and carry on, like with the counselling and the housing.”

The London Bridge hero is currently sofa surfing – and two weeks ago, he told the News that he had still not had one-to-one counselling two years on since the attack.

“We’re appealing the decision to turn me down [for the compensation],” Roy said. “We could still get it under extenuating circumstances.”

“If the attack happened again, I would do exactly the same thing. You don’t do these things for fame or money.”

Earlier this month, Roy revealed that he had been put on the Government’s anti-extremism Prevent programme, over fears he could be radicalised by anti-Islamic extremists.

However, a Home Office spokesperson told the News that the programme was voluntary, and refused to comment on Roy’s individual case.

An inquest concluded into the deaths of the eight innocent victims of the attack last month.

Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC concluded that the eight victims of the attack were unlawfully killed – and also criticised the lack of barriers on the bridge, which he said showed “weaknesses in systems for assessing the need for such measures.”


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