Richard Angell, Reveller Caught Up In London Bridge Attack, Vows To Return To Restaurant To Pay His Bill

'If me having a gin and tonic is what offends these people, I'm going to do it more.'

05/06/2017 10:13 | Updated 05 June 2017

A defiant reveller caught up in Saturday’s horrific terror attack has vowed to return to the restaurant where he was eating to pay his bill and tip the staff who “looked out for us when they should have been helping themselves”. 

Seven people were killed and at least 48 were injured when three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians before going on a stabbing spree in nearby Borough Market. 

But Richard Angell, who was eating in Arabica Bar and Kitchen in the area when the attack began, has vowed not “to let these people win”.  

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Richard Angell has vowed to return to the restaurant where he was eating during the attack to pay his bill 

Speaking to the BBC yesterday, the 33-year-old said: “I’ll be going back to the same restaurant to finish my meal, pay my bill and give them a double tip. They cared about us and our safety.” 

Angell, who is the director of Labour supporting think tank, Progress, hid with others in the restaurant after security locked the doors and told them to “duck and cover”

But despite his terrifying experience, Angell says that he’s not going to allow terrorists to stop “what makes London so great”. 

“If me having a gin and tonic with my friends, flirting with handsome men, hanging out with brilliant women is what offends these people so much, I’m going to do it more, not less,” he added. 

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People have commended police and paramedics for their 'heroic' work in the wake of the terror attack 

Heroic medics and police have also been commended for their response to the emergency, with the three attackers shot dead within minutes by armed officers. 

The London Bridge attack is the third terrorist incident in the UK in the past three months.

While 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber at Manchester Arena just two weeks ago, there was another vehicle and knife attack in Westminster in March. 

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Members of the public have laid flowers near Borough Market to remember those lost in the attack 

“Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values,” she said.

“But when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change.” 

Although national campaigning was suspended by Labour and the Conservatives in the wake of the attack, the General Election is set to go ahead as planned on Thursday. 

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