Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Green Blast Suspects Met Overseas; We Won't Let Some Idiot Beat Us ... Defiance of Tube Commuter Who Was Yards from Blast

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Green Blast Suspects Met Overseas; We Won't Let Some Idiot Beat Us ... Defiance of Tube Commuter Who Was Yards from Blast

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Byline: Daniel O'Mahony, John Dunne and Ben Morgan

SURVIVORS of the Parsons Green attack today vowed not to be cowed by terrorism, saying: "We refuse to live our lives scared."

Defiant passengers went about their normal Monday morning commute on the District line saying they would be "more vigilant" but would not let it affect them.

Sylvain Pennec, 36, a software developer from Southfields, was about 10 metres from Friday's explosion and filmed the smouldering "bucket bomb" on his phone. He said: "We refuse to live our lives scared. If it stops me taking the Tube, it means the terrorists have won. I don't want to stop taking the Tube because of some idiot."

Thirty people were injured when the improvised explosive device was detonated on the packed rush hour train. At least 10 suffered "flash burns" while others were injured in the crush as passengers tried to flee the west London station.

None of the injured were said by London Ambulance Service to be in a "serious or life-threatening condition".

Peter Crowley's hair was singed and his forehead burnt in the explosion. He went to work today pledging: "The terrorists will not beat us."

Amy Crowley, 33, said she and the couple's three children were "hugely relieved" after she discovered he was not seriously hurt.

Speaking at the couple's home near Sutton today, she said: "He is determined that the terrorists will not win. He will go to work on the same train as normal and this week he is going in to town to watch Chelsea play. He is determined to carry on as normal, that's what you've got to do. He is our hero."

Beauty consultant Emma Stevie, 27, said she "thought I was going to die" after being caught in the crush.

But today she said: "I'm just going to do the British thing, keep calm and carry on." Ms Stevie, who was left "quite bruised" from the stampede, added: "I still feel pretty safe. …

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