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Praise for Maidstone cabby Darren Kenny, who stepped in to help during London terror attack

A Maidstone cabby has been hailed as a hero for stepping in to help people caught up in the London terror attack.

Seven people were killed and 20 left in hospital after the devastating assault on London Bridge and Borough Market last night.

Sam Baggley was one of the hundreds of people trying to flee the area when the taxi driver Darren Kenny offered him and others a lift to safety, even turning down a £60 fare.

The huge police response at London Bridge, surrounding roads and Borough Market. Picture: Kent 999s
The huge police response at London Bridge, surrounding roads and Borough Market. Picture: Kent 999s

The 21-year-old from Lincoln took to Facebook to appeal for help tracking the taxi driver down. He has since been named as Darren Kenny.

"As chaotic as it all was, as you can imagine getting away from the scene was difficult," Mr Baggley said. "An amazing and kind man, called Darren (I didn't get his surname) from Maidstone, picked us up, and others, in his black cab, and took us and many others away from danger, giving up his night and safety helping others.

"It really goes to show that there are some genuine and kind people out there and that in these darkest times of terror and austerity, the nation, and all of its citizens and guests, can come together and get through this!"

Darren Kenny
Darren Kenny

Speaking to Kent Online, Mr Baggley said he was enjoying drinks with his girlfriend and her mother at the Market Porter in Borough Market when terrorists armed with knives began attacking people on the road outside.

The graduate business and property consultant said: "The landlord came in and was hysterically talking on his phone and started locking the doors.

"When I looked outside the window I saw men with knives covered in blood right outside the pub."

Later, he heard the sound of five gunshots and then 10 more, after which armed police stormed the pub and told people to evacuate.

"It was chaos. There was blood everywhere, and shoes, shirts and people's phones just lying in the street.

"We were just running for dear life."

Sam Baggley
Sam Baggley

The trio ended up in Southwark Street were they were picked up by Mr Kenny and driven to Greenwich.

Mr Baggley added: "He was really nice and good to talk to. He refused to take money and even offered to drive us home.

"He told us he was on London Bridge at the time and had been ferrying people away. He had given up his night and had just been helping people get away.

"People like Darren should be recognised."

Three men were shot dead by police after the attack, which involved a van ramming into pedestrians on London Bridge and then terrorists attacking passers-by with 12-inch knives.

Speaking to LBC, one cab driver described how he attempted to ram the three perpetrators with his cab.

Another driver described how a female passenger blocked the door of a restaurant for vital seconds allowing people to escape.

Mr Kenny has been approached for comment.

If you are concerned about family or friends you can contact the Metropolitan Police casualty bureau on 0800 096 1233 or 020 7158 0197.

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