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MP’s hero aide tells how he used his own shirt to stem bleeding of victims in Reading terror attack


A HERO parliamentary assistant has told how he used his own shirt to try and stem the bleeding of victims of the suspected terrorist attack in Reading.

James Antell, 25 who works for Tory MP Chris Loder, ran towards the carnage to help the injured during the attack in Forbury Gardens at around 7pm on Saturday.

James Antell, 25, who works for Tory Chris Loder, rushed to help the victims of the Reading terror attack

Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan given asylum in 2018, is suspected of murdering three men during the knife attack in Reading town centre.

The victims of the stabbings were three friends enjoying a picnic; Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, an American expatriate, David Wails, a scientist, and James Furlong, 36, a local teacher. Three other people needed hospital treatment.

Mr Antell said he was left “shaken” after stepping in to help those who were stabbed.

He told the BBC: “I tried my very best to identify where the injuries were on the body of the casualty and took my shirt and used it to try and apply pressure to the wounds, but the casualties were in a very, very bad way.

“I moved to another casualty and did my best to try to identify where that wound was and apply pressure to it.

“I fell a little bit shaken, but my overriding thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

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A forensic officer pictured today at Forbury Gardens, in Reading town centre, the scene of the multiple stabbing attack on Saturday[/caption]

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Joe Ritchie-Bennett was an American who had lived in the UK for 15 years[/caption]

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David Wails, 49, was a senior scientist at a global chemicals company[/caption]

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James Furlong was a teacher at The Holt School in Wokingham[/caption]

Tory MP Mr Loder praised his parliamentary assistant in the Commons on Monday for his “remarkable and extraordinary effort”, and said he is “extremely proud” to be able to call him a member of his staff.

He told MPs Mr Antell “ran courageously towards danger, his only focus to help the injured,” in the same way fellow Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood rushed to try to save Pc Keith Palmer, who was killed in the 2017 Westminster terror attack.

“This was indeed a remarkable and extraordinary effort from a young man who has been with us in Parliament for little over four months and whom I am extremely proud to have as part of the West Dorset parliamentary team as I hope is the whole House,” said Mr Loder, who was elected in 2019.

Home Secretary Priti Patel echoed his praise, telling MPs: “Can I join with (Mr Loder) in tribute to his assistant and to all other first responders who showed great humility, but also that sense of duty in coming together on Saturday in Forbury Gardens to respond and prevent the further loss of life.

“As I have already said Mr Speaker, they are the very best of all of us and I pay tribute to everyone that was part of the emergency response.”

Saadallah, 25, remains in custody after he was tackled to the ground by an unarmed police officer near the scene and arrested on suspicion of murder.

He was later re-arrested under terrorism laws.

Police have said they are not looking for anyone else.

He arrived in Britain eight years ago, initially living in Manchester, and was granted refugee status in 2018.

He had been involved in the government’s Prevent deradicalisation programme, The Times reported.

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Saadallah was arrested on suspicion of murder and was later rearrested under the Terrorism Act[/caption]

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The attack happened on Saturday evening in Forbury Gardens [/caption]


Police officers guard the block where Saadallah is believed to have lived in Reading[/caption]


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