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Saturday 19 August 2017

Attacker pulled waitress' head back and then cut her throat

Floral tributes at the scene of the attacks. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Floral tributes at the scene of the attacks. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

A 31-year-old Australian waitress was slashed across the throat as she enjoyed a drink after a long day at work.

Candice Hedge is one of 48 people recovering in hospitals across London after her throat was cut as she relaxed in one of Borough Market's many bars.

Another victim, 32-year-old New Zealander Oliver Dowling, is in a coma after being stabbed in the face.

His girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured. Her condition was unknown last night.

Resilience

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that one of the people killed in Saturday night's terror attack was a Canadian.

"We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery," he said.

"Londoners and people across the UK have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

"We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different."

Four French people and one Spanish resident are among the injured, the countries' foreign ministries said.

Miss Hedge, who has lived in London for a year, had just finished her shift at Elliot's cafe in Borough Market and was having a drink at a nearby bar when she was attacked.

Waitress Candice Hedge from Australia
Waitress Candice Hedge from Australia

She was sitting with her back to her attacker when he grabbed her head and slashed her throat, inflicting superficial wounds.

She posted to Facebook: "Hey everyone, just so you know I'm doing OK. Bit of pain but I will survive. Thanks for your thoughts and well wishes."

The mother of stab victim Daniel O'Neill (23) told reporters outside King's College Hospital: "He just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said, 'This is for my family. This is for Islam'."

He then stabbed Mr O'Neill in the side.

"The man ran away and Daniel headed back into the pub," said his mother. "There was shots fired, everybody was told to lie down.

"At this stage Daniel's friend put a tourniquet on him and was holding pressure there and he was brought downstairs. Then the police were there and took him to the hospital.

"These people say they are doing this in the name of God, which is an absolute joke. If it wasn't religion, they'd find some other excuse.

Filmed

"They are callous, they are barbaric and they are absolute cowards."

Mr Dowling's family revealed on Facebook that he is expected to recover from stab wounds to his, face, neck and stomach.

"Doctors are happy with how he's come out the other side," they wrote.

"A massive thank you to the University of London Hospital for their tireless efforts in helping my brother."

Scotland Yard has confirmed that an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer was among those injured, while a British Transport Police officer was stabbed in the face.

Another person stabbed was journalist Geoff Ho, who was filmed clutching his neck where there appeared to be a knife wound.

A chilling tweet showed he was trying to break up what he thought was no more than a Saturday night punch-up.

The bloody aftermath of the attack was laid bare in video footage from inside a Borough Market pub.

A wounded man with blood spattered across his trousers can be seen sitting on the floor of The Globe pub as medics try to treat him.

A police officer shouts at dozens of others hiding under tables to get upstairs and away from the carnage.

The footage was captured only metres from where the three terrorist attackers were shot dead by police.

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