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01 December 2019 14:31

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Convicted murderer among those who helped stop London Bridge terrorist

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 for the murder of 21-year-old Amanda Champion in Ashford. London Bridge terror 'hero' is convicted murderer who killed vulnerable woman in Ashford His victim's aunt Angela Cox has told how she was contacted yesterday by Kent Police who informed her Ford had been involved in the terror attack as a member of the public, reports the Mail. Angela, 65, said she was "angry" Ford was out on day release after the horrific murder of her niece. Det Ch Insp Dean Barnes, of Kent Police, said at the time: "Because it was a motiveless crime and a senseless crime, James Ford is a very dangerous man. A convicted murderer out on day release was among the bystanders who rushed to help during the London Bridge terror attack.

James Ford, 42, is thought to have tried to save the life of a female victim and helped disarm convicted terrorist Usman Khan, who stabbed a man and a woman to death and injured several others on Friday. Ford was jailed for life in 2004 for the murder of 21-year-old Amanda Champion, who had a mental age of 15. Ford was eventually arrested after a Samaritans worker, who was later sacked, broke the vow of anonymity to tell police he had called the charity and confessed to him. London Bridge attack: Terror police shoot man after stabbing Show all 29 left Created with Sketch. The convicted murderer, who is understood to be serving the final days of his sentence at HMP Standford Hill, an open prison in Kent, was on London Bridge as the attack unfolded on Friday.

Ms Champion's aunt, Angela Cox, said she was informed of Ford's day release by a police liaison officer on Friday. Armed with two knives and wearing a fake suicide vest, he killed a man and a woman and injured three other people before being tackled by members of the public and then shot dead by police on London Bridge. London Bridge was one of the scenes of a terror attack in June 2017 – also during a general election campaign – when eight victims were killed along with the three terrorists, who were armed with knives and wearing fake suicide vests. The quick-thinking bystanders who ran toward danger to help others during a terrorist attack on London Bridge on Friday swiftly earned the title of "heroes." But for the family of 21-year-old Amanda Champion, who was murdered in 2003, one of the men who intervened as the fatal knifing unfolded is anything but heroic. He is not a hero, absolutely not," Amanda's aunt, Angela Cox, told the Daily Mail on Friday.

The family of a killer's victim have said he is 'no hero' after helping bring down the London Bridge terrorist. James Ford, 42, found himself embroiled in the London Bridge attack on Friday and it is believed he tried to save the life of a woman amid the horror incident. He was initially hailed as a hero - until it emerged he was a convicted murderer on day release from his life sentence. Ford was jailed for life in 2004 for the murder of 21-year-old Amanda Champion, who was found strangled with her throat cut in Ashford, Kent, in July 2003. Amanda's aunt Angela Cox told how she was contacted by Kent Police who informed her Ford had been involved in the terror attack yesterday as a member of the public.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, she said: "He is not a hero - he is a murderer out on day release, which us as a family didn't know anything about. Angela said she was "angry" Ford was out on day release after the horrific murder of her niece - who had the mental age of a 15-year-old. But for the family of 21-year-old Amanda Champion, who was murdered in 2003, one of the men who intervened as the fatal knifing unfolded is anything but heroic. Convicted murderer James Ford, 42, was on day release from prison on Friday when he saw the attack unfolding and rushed to help during the chaos. According to British media reports, Ford was attending the same prisoner rehabilitation event as 28-year-old attacker Usman Khan, a convicted Islamist terrorist, who killed two people before being shot dead by police.

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He is not a hero, absolutely not," Ms Champion's aunt, Ms Angela Cox, told the Daily Mail on Friday. At the time, Kent police said Ford's actions were a "motiveless crime and a senseless crime" and described him as a "very dangerous man". Related Story London Bridge terror attack: Police name attacker who stabbed 2 people to death Ms Champion's family told the Daily Mail that they had been contacted by Kent police on Friday and told that Ford had been granted temporary release.