Union sends best wishes to Geoff Ho, injured during the weekend's terrorist attack
5 June 2017
The National Union of Journalists has sent best wishes to Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho who was seriously injured during Saturday’s attack at London Bridge.
Geoff Ho, a member of the Express chapel of the NUJ, was stabbed in the throat after he intervened in a bid to protect a member of the security staff in the doorway of the Southwark Tavern, in Southwark Street during the knife attack.
Séamus Dooley, acting general secretary, extended best wishes to Geoff . He said:
“Geoff is in our thoughts this morning. We send best wishes to him and hope that he will make a full recovery. This is a difficult time for Geoff’s family, friends and NUJ colleagues, as it is for so many people. His bravery in seeking to defend a worker at the pub is something we can all admire.
"We would like to pay tribute to all who cared for the victims of Saturday’s atrocities. Once again the emergency services responded with admirable efficiency. Because of the location of the attack many media workers witnessed the shocking incident and, as on the occasion of the previous Westminster attack, were among those who came to the assistance of victims."
Martin Townsend, Sunday Express editor, also paid tribute. He said:
"Geoff Ho is an absolutely first class reporter and a fine and decent man and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.. We are all hoping and praying for a speedy recovery."
Geoff tweeted: "Thank you every one for the best wishes. I got out of surgery yesterday and am on the mend."
He later issued the following statement:
“I would like to extend my wishes to everyone who has been affected, especially to the family and friends over those still missing. I would like to clarify some of the events of Saturday night. I was involved in two separate incidents on Saturday night.
"I had just left The Sheaf pub and saw two people attacking the bouncer at the Southwark Tavern. He was on his own and I held off the unarmed attackers until the police arrived. At that point I thought “job done, now for beer and food”.
"I went the five doors down the street to Black & Blue. Within two minutes of my leaving the Southwark Tavern and posting “not on my watch” on Facebook, the terrorist attackers arrived at the restaurant. Most of my friends and the staff hid under tables but my one of my friends was frozen behind me. I knew I had to face the attackers down, they were armed and I had the best chance of delaying them until the police arrived or they’d get everyone.
"I had to shield my friends and the people there. Then I noticed they had what looked like suicide vests on. I tried to slow them, they attacked. It happened so quickly. The bastard in the Arsenal shirt came at me first. I think I got a hit in on one of them, but either he or his accomplice got me with a shot to the throat.
"They got my friend who was behind me with a minor stab wound in the face and hands and ran off. I picked up my friend and bundled him into the store room. I called the police and within moments they arrived. I gave the police descriptions of the three and we were evacuated.
"Also, I want to make it clear that many of my friends are Muslim. The people who attacked me were not representative of Islam. I stand in solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters.
"Thank you again for all the support I have received. My friends are currently fundraising in my name for the British Red Cross and London Air Ambulance and you can donate here
"My doctors have assured me that I will make a full recovery and after that I will talk to media. But I have to emphasise — my family and friends have been through enough. Please respect their privacy.
"Let’s let the healing begin. LONDON STRONG!!!”.