Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Sydney stabbing: British heroes from Manchester take down knifeman on rampage | World | News

One woman was stabbed in the back and the body of another woman was discovered nearby in Clarence Street, New South Wales police confirmed. She is in hospital in a stable condition. Witnesses said they saw a man carrying a knife and attempting to stab several people. Bystanders were seen shielding themselves with chairs as they walked down the street towards the attacker.

Footage online shows members of the public pounce on the suspect, pinning him down with chairs and a crate over his head.

Three Britons were involved in taking down the knifeman in Sydney, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lee Cuthbert, Paul O’Shaughnessy and Luke O’Shaughnessy, all from Manchester, were working in the area when they heard the man attempting to stab several people outside.

They chased him down the street to grab the suspect and stop him in his tracks, but they do not want to be hailed as heroes.

They told the Australian paper: “We had a window open to get some air in and then we just heard the commotion, we looked out and saw him on top of a car wielding a knife and we all just kind of reacted from there.

“We just tried to get down as quick as we could. You don’t think, you just kind of react really, it was surreal, very, very surreal.

“We all kind of chased, worked together, but it was Luke who was the real hero. He pursued him the hardest and managed to get a grip of him.”

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Sydney stabbing: Three British heroes helped take down the attacker (Image: FACEBOOK/TWITTER/GETTY)

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Sydney stabbing: Footage online shows bystanders pin down the man using chairs and a crate (Image: TWITTER @BNONEWS)

Paul, 37, who played professionally for English football club Bury, and his brother Luke, 30, from Manchester, later added they had just finished lunch when they heard a commotion outside.  

Speaking with a distinct northern accent, he told the Guardian: “We just finished lunch … We’re just based on King Street and we have a window slightly open so we can hear noise and traffic and we heard a lot of shouting which was now obviously the attacker, and my brother opened the window even more and he said, ‘Mate, there’s a guy wielding a knife.’

“Our immediate reaction was, right, let’s go and help, if he’s wielding a knife. So we went down the escalator, ran out, and you could see all the public on this side of the road and we were like, ‘Where is he?’

“Could see a little bit of blood so we knew he’s done something with that knife, so we just ran after him basically and people were shouting, ‘He’s down that way.’

“… In our heads we were saying to each other, ‘Be careful, be careful,’ and we were asking witnesses, we were saying, ‘What has he got, is there anything else?’ ‘Nah, it’s just a knife’ – so that made us press forward even more because you can tackle someone if it’s like that, not if he’s got a gun or whatever.

“So we went straight over, we got him near a cafe down near George Street. There was one guy already tussling and we just kind of like, everyone just jumped on the guy.”

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Sydney stabbing: The man is seen standing on a car in online footage (Image: TWITTER @BNONEWS)

One witness, named only as Marcon, told the Daily Mail Australia: “He was trying to smash a driver side window of a random car with the knife. He was unsuccessful.

“People were chasing him by that stage. There was fireys chasing him with axes and he went around the corner.

“I think he was trying to smash the driver side window on a random car.”

An Uber driver added: “I was next to a fire truck in York Street and he jumped on the bonnet of my car. He crashed across the bonnet and had a knife in his hand.

“There was blood on his shirt. People had their phones out and there was police.”

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Paul O'Shaughnessy helped stop a man with a machete

Paul O’Shaughnessy helped stop a man with a machete (Image: FACEBOOK)

New South Wales (NSW) police said: “A man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a woman in Sydney’s CBD this afternoon.

“Police and NSW Ambulance paramedics located a woman inside a hotel, who had a stab wound. She has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.

“Members of the public detains the man before police attended and arrested him.

“He has since been taken to Day Street Police Station.”

Police investigate the area around a crime scene after a man stabbed a woman

Police investigate the area around a crime scene after a man stabbed a woman (Image: getty)

Superintendent Gavin Wood of NSW police confirmed a young woman who was stabbed in the back.

Mr Wood said there was nothing yet to suggest she was known to her attacker.

NSW police held a press conference about an hour ago, where they said the danger to the public was over, the man was acting alone and he was now in custody.

“The threat to the community has been negated and I want to make that very, very clear,” he said.

“We are in the infancy stage of the stabbing investigation. There are a number of crime scenes. They are being thoroughly investigated by investigative and forensic staff as we speak and the investigation is ongoing.”

Police patrol the area after a person is found dead

Police patrol the area after a person is found dead (Image: GETTY)

Later on at 3.15pm, the body of a woman was found at a unit on Clarence street.

Police have since said the death is linked to the stabbing.

A statement from NSW Police said: “Inquiries are underway after the body of a woman was found in side a unit on Clarence street, Sydney, about 3.15pm today.

“Officers from Sydney City police area command are on the scene and will conduct inquiries into whether the incident is linked to an earlier stabbing at a hotel on the corner of Clarence and King st.”

Police speak to potential witnesses after the stabbing took place

Police speak to potential witnesses after the stabbing took place (Image: GETTY)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter: “The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning.

“The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him.

“The motivation for this attack has not yet been determined as Police are continuing with their enquiries.

“Any further offical information will be provided by the New South Wales Police, who are keeping us appraised through our agencies, including details of casualties.

Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by this violent attack.”

Police have since confirmed the attack is not being treated as terror-related, but they described the knifeman as a “lone actor” who may have some terrorist ideologies.

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said: “Information was found on him that would suggest he had some ideologies related to terrorism… but he has no apparent links to other terrorist organisations.”

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