London Bridge attack inquests: Victim’s fiance ‘told man to stop filming’

The fiance of a woman killed in the London Bridge attack told a man to stop filming after she had been dragged under the attackers’ van, an inquest has heard.

Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old social worker from Canada, died almost instantly when the vehicle mounted the pavement at the start of the terror rampage.

Eight people were murdered when three men launched the van and knife attack on 3 June 2017.

A bus driver told the Old Bailey inquest his passengers were sheltering on the upper deck after the van had targeted people on the bridge.

Anton Sobanski said: “There was a man upstairs at the back and he was trying to film where Chrissy and someone – I believe it was Tyler – telling him ‘stop filming’.”

Ms Archibald and fiance Tyler Ferguson lived in the Netherlands and were walking along the bridge during a weekend trip to London.

In written evidence, Mr Ferguson said: “Chrissy stopped out of nowhere, grabbed me close to give me a passionate kiss after telling me how much she loved me.”

He said that in an earlier conversation she had told him to make up with his father because he “could get hit by a bus tomorrow”.

Mr Ferguson said the first he knew of the attack was when he heard the screeching of tyres behind them and saw a man running and screaming.

“I then noticed a really large white Transit van on the pavement hurtling towards us,” he said.

“It was immediately clear this was an act of violence and not an accident.”

He said he heard a loud thud and looked for his fiancee but she had gone.

CCTV footage played to the court showed Ms Archibald being hit and Mr Ferguson running after the van and crouching down over her body, which had been dragged along the road under the chassis.

“She was lying on her back, her dress had been ripped off by the van, so she was naked at this stage,” said Mr Ferguson.

He said her teeth were broken and that blood came out of her mouth as he tried to perform CPR. “I knew in this moment she was dead,” he said.

Mr Ferguson and others tried for over an hour to save her but he said it was “clear to me by this time our efforts were futile”.

He added: “No words can express how I felt when this happened. I was absolutely devastated and inconsolable.”

Mr Ferguson said he noticed his fiancee’s engagement ring had come off and he ran down the bridge to try to find it.

It was later found and he now wears it on a chain around his neck.

Gareth Patterson QC, the lawyer for Ms Archibald’s family, said: “It’s clear she showed no movements whatsoever entirely consistent with the pathologist’s finding and the suggestion, for Chrissy death must have been pretty much instantaneous.”

The inquests started this week and are hearing details about the deaths of all eight victims.

The terrorists killed two people on the bridge and then went into Borough Market to launch their knife attack.

They were shot dead by armed police 10 minutes after their attack began.

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