‘Lion of London Bridge’ Roy Larner feels ‘let down’ after missing out on bravery award

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'I didn’t do those things to get a medal but a thank you would’ve been nice'

18521Roy Larner, who fought of terrorists during the London Bridge attack (Chiara Giordano)

The Millwall fan hailed a national hero after taking on three knife-wielding terrorists with his bare hands feels “let down” by the government after missing out on a gallantry award.

Roy Larner screamed “F*** you, I’m Millwall” and was stabbed eight times as jihadis armed with hunting knives tried to force their way inside the Borough Market pub he was drinking in on June 3 last year.

The 48 year old was dubbed ‘The Lion of London Bridge’, and more than 23,000 people threw their support behind a petition to get him a George Cross.

But, while others have been honoured for the part they played that tragic night, the dad of one was dismayed to find he’d been missed off this year’s Civilian Gallantry List.

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“I think it’s wrong,” Roy, from Peckham, told the News.

Having suffered some of the most severe injuries of those caught up in the attack, he added: “I probably came off the worst and probably saved more lives than those people on the list.

“I feel let down by the authorities and I’m officially homeless still.

Millwall fan Roy Larner recovers in hospital (Kevin Downey)

“I didn’t do those things to get a medal but a thank you would’ve been nice.

“I’m not a perfect person but I did something good for once. I nearly lost my life because of it.”

In a fall from grace after being hailed a national hero, a video emerged of Roy shouting racist abuse at protesters in Elephant and Castle and appearing to spit at a black photographer in February 2017.

Then, a little over a month after his heroics, he launched into a racist outburst at Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle’s office in Jamaica Road.

He later admitted racially-aggravated common assault and religiously-aggravated harassment and apologised for his actions, avoiding jail with a suspended sentence.

Roy, who had to have surgery after suffering stab wounds to his arms, hands and neck as well as a punctured lung during the attack, still suffers nightmares and flashbacks to that horrific night more than a year later.

Roy Larner, dubbed ‘The Lion of London Bridge’ after his heroic actions during the June 3 terrorist attack

The Cabinet Office said it could not comment on individual cases when asked whether Roy had been nominated for an award and why he did not receive one.

However, Millwall’s fan on the board Micky Simpson has enlisted the help of Labour’s Lord Kennedy of Southwark, who plans to write to the Prime Minister calling for Roy and three other Lion fans caught up in the attack to be recognised for their bravery.

Speaking to the News, Micky said: “They acted in pure bravery; if they were at war when they did what they did they would have got a medal for it but for whatever reason they haven’t been recognised and that’s a real travesty.”

To view the petition to get Roy a George Cross, visit: https://www.change.org/p/award-roy-larner-the-george-cross

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