Three British heroes who tackled Sydney knifeman tell of snap-second decision to help

Three British heroes who helped take down a knifeman have revealed how they decided to intervene when they saw him covered in blood and brandishing his weapon.

Brothers Paul O’Shaughnessy and Luke O’Shaughnessy raced into the street with Lee Cuthbert on Tuesday after spotting the alleged killer from their office.

The trio, from Manchester, today told Good Morning Britain that they didn’t even consider remaining in their safe work place once they saw what was happening in Sydney.

Dramatic footage captured the moment hero bystanders, including Britons Lee Cuthbert, Paul O'Shaughnessy and Luke O'Shaughnessy, helped pin the man to the ground

Dramatic footage captured the moment hero bystanders, including Britons Lee Cuthbert, Paul O'Shaughnessy and Luke O'Shaughnessy, helped pin the man to the ground

Dramatic footage captured the moment hero bystanders, including Britons Lee Cuthbert, Paul O’Shaughnessy and Luke O’Shaughnessy, helped pin the man to the ground

Luke said: ‘I heard a loud screech then a scream from a woman I looked out the window and saw a man holding a knife on top of a car covered in blood talking gibberish.

‘I ran back in and, I said to Lee, I said to Paul: ‘We’ve got to go, we’ve got to go.’ Even in the lift on way down my heart was pounding and I thought: ‘I hope he’s still on the car.’

‘I was saying to the boys: ‘He’s got a knife. Whatever happens, we’ve got to go for him and help the others out really.’ 

The trio (right) told Good Morning Britain today that they rushed outside their office to help when they saw a man covered in blood

The trio (right) told Good Morning Britain today that they rushed outside their office to help when they saw a man covered in blood

The trio (right) told Good Morning Britain today that they rushed outside their office to help when they saw a man covered in blood 

Mert Nay, 21, allegedly screamed Allahu Akbar (God is great in Arabic) and tried to stab people in the street. He is accused of slitting a woman’s throat moments before. 

The three heroes used chairs and a milk crate to help axe-wielding firefighters bring the attacker down.

Paul said: ‘Us as a trio, we didn’t event question it, we were like: “Let’s go and help if we can”.’

Pictured (left to right): Lee, Luke and Paul, who raced into the street once they heard a woman screaming in terror

Pictured (left to right): Lee, Luke and Paul, who raced into the street once they heard a woman screaming in terror

Pictured (left to right): Lee, Luke and Paul, who raced into the street once they heard a woman screaming in terror   

Footage showed the attacker being pinned to the ground by hero British bystanders carrying milk crates

Footage showed the attacker being pinned to the ground by hero British bystanders carrying milk crates

Footage showed the attacker being pinned to the ground by hero British bystanders carrying milk crates 

Lee added: ‘You’re not really thinking too much at all. It was pretty chaotic all round very surreal very surreal experience.’

Police say that the attacker had a history of mental illness. He was found to have a thumb drive containing details of mass-casualty white-supremacist attacks in the United States and New Zealand.

Luke told the show this morning that after they’d subdued the killer, he felt sorry as he looked down at him because he was obviously suffering from mental health issues.  

Three Britons have been hailed as 'heroes' by police after they helped detain the knifeman. Lee Cuthbert(left), Paul O'Shaughnessy (centre) and Luke O'Shaughnessy (right), all from Manchester, were working in the area when they heard the man attempting to stab several people outside

Three Britons have been hailed as 'heroes' by police after they helped detain the knifeman. Lee Cuthbert(left), Paul O'Shaughnessy (centre) and Luke O'Shaughnessy (right), all from Manchester, were working in the area when they heard the man attempting to stab several people outside

Three Britons have been hailed as ‘heroes’ by police after they helped detain the knifeman. Lee Cuthbert(left), Paul O’Shaughnessy (centre) and Luke O’Shaughnessy (right), all from Manchester, were working in the area when they heard the man attempting to stab several people outside 

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