The true, repugnant story of the Tower Bridge ‘hero’ pardoned by the Queen

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In 2005, firefighter Barrie Jackson had been out for a drink in Hull.

By 10.30pm, before he could finish his drinks, he had been attacked and beaten so severely paramedics who tried to revive him could not find his mouth, according to Hull Live.

It was because of this attack, Steve Gallant was convicted of murder and sent away for 17 years.

That is, until he received a pardon from Her Majesty the Queen on for the part Gallant played during the London Bridge terror attack in 2019, where he undoubtedly saved countless lives.



Barrie Jackson was murdered in 2005

Armed only with a Narwhal tusk, Gallant ended Usman Khan’s rampage, and heroics will see his sentence cut following an intervention by the Queen.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said: “The Lord Chancellor has granted Steven Gallant a Royal Prerogative of Mercy reducing his minimum tariff of 10 months in recognition of his exceptionally brave actions at Fishmongers’ Hall, which helped save people’s lives despite the tremendous risk to his own.”

In 2005

Back in 2005, Barrie had been sprayed with CS gas and beaten to the ground with a hammer by a gang of men – including Gallant – who wanted revenge after he was cleared of the attempted murder of a 64-year-old Hull prostitute.

The prostitute was attacked in Staples car park in November 2002 and left for dead in a nearby skip, until a scrap metal collector found her with a broken jaw, fractured nose and wounds to her forehead that were caused by being stamped on.



Steve Gallant

In October 2003 Jackson, a father-of-two, was acquitted of attempted murder.

But he was found guilty of attacking Rosaleena Capell, who was left with severe facial injuries after she came across Jackson punching his elderly father in Albert Avenue and tried to intervene.

Just a month after his death, Jackson had been due to appear in court for intimidating a witness during the trial.

A post-mortem examination revealed every bone in his face had been broken.

After a city-wide police hunt, Jackson’s murderers were finally found.

The attack was deemed to have been pre-meditated and co-ordinated, as the gang had laid in wait for Jackson, and continued to attack him despite him trying to run away.

Day release

Steve Gallant and James Gilligan, both of east Hull, were eventually convicted of murder, and ordered to spend at least 17 years behind bars.

But 15 years after entering prison aged 28, Gallant would find himself back out on the streets, saving the lives of countless innocent citizens.

In November 29, 2019 – the day of the London Bridge terror attack – Gallant was on his first day release from prison and he was taking part in a Learning Together event at London’s Fishmongers’ Hall, next to London Bridge.



Usman Khan, 20, one of nine members of an al Qaida-inspired terror group that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp, has been named as the perpetrator of an attack on London Bridge in 2019.

Khan, who was shot dead by police, had armed himself with two knives and was wearing a mock suicide bomb vest when he began attacking members of the public on London Bridge.

His mission to kill as many people as possible was thwarted, however, when Gallant and several others on the course risked their own lives to restrain Khan.

Jack Merrit, 25, and 23-year-old Saskia Jones – both part of the Learning Together scheme to help prisoners access education – were killed, while several others were wounded.



Steve Gallant (left) with Jack Merritt (right, who died in the London Bridge attack) pictured at the end of a Learning Together training course in April 2018

Speaking about Jackson’s murder, Gallant said: “Nobody has the right to take another’s life and I offer my sincere apologies to my victim’s family for the hurt caused.

“I can never bring that life back, and it is right that I was handed a severe penalty for my actions.



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