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Nice Attack: British Grandmother Makes Tea For Frightened Tourists

'I’m a mum and a gran. My first thought was the kids'

15/07/2016 14:48 | Updated 15 July 2016

A British grandmother has revealed how she calmed frightened tourists in the aftermath of the Nice terror attack – with soothing cups of English tea.

June Murphy and her friend Kate Lumbers, both 70, were holidaying in the south of France when the attack took place.

The pair had been on the promenade watching the Bastille Day fireworks but rushed back to their hotel after “total panic broke out.”

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June Murphy soothed frightened tourists with cups of English te

Murphy, from Dover, Kent, described the moment people began screaming and running for their lives at around 10.30pm as “pandemonium”. 

She said: “We ran with them to get out of the way. It was just total panic - pandemonium. 

“All you could hear was screaming as people were running to safety. It was total carnage.” 

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Murphy with Swedish, German and Chinese students after the attack

The pensioners raced back to their hotel, the Compte De Nice, where they quickly called their families to let them know they were safe.

Murphy then busied herself making tea for tourists and locals taking cover inside the hotel. 

She said: “There was a little lad at the hotel - a 17-year-old student from Germany. He was hiding in a garage terrified. 

“Some local people took him in to the hotel because he was on his own and scared. 

“I’m a mum and a gran. My first thought was the kids. 

“I was trying to pacify them. We were drinking English tea with them.” 

At least 84 people were killed in the attack, which occurred when a lorry mounted the pavement and ploughed through crowds of people. 

The driver has been named as 31-year-old Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

He was shot dead by police in a hail of bullets.

No group has claimed responsibility for the carnage, but French officials called it an undeniable act of terror.

The assault on revelers in the southern French city rocked a nation still dealing with the aftermath of two attacks in Paris last year that killed 147 people and were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group. 

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    French police forces and forensic officers stand next to a truck July 15, 2016 that ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday in Nice, France.
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    The truck which slammed into revelers.
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    In this video grab taken Thursday July 14, 2016, ambulances and Police cars are seen after a truck drove on to the sidewalk.
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    A policeman chases people out of the cordoned-off area.
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    French soldiers stand guard.
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    Police officers seal off the area.
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    A police car is parked near the scene of the attack.
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    Police officers secure the scene.
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    Ambulances line up near the scene of the attack.
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    Police officers and soldiers block the access to the scene.
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    French police forces and forensic officers stand next to the truck.
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    A forensic officer stands near a van with its windscreen riddled with bullets.
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    A man runs near the scene of the attack.
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    Bodies are seen on the ground.
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    French soldiers cordon the area.
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