“I felt unsure about what to do,” said Kyle Lawler, who was 18 at the time of radical Islamic terror attack, describing the bomber as “fidgety and sweating”.
“It’s very difficult to define a terrorist. For all I knew he might well be an innocent Asian male,” Lawler explained at a public inquiry investigating the attack.
“I did not want people to think I am stereotyping him because of his race.
“I was scared of being wrong and being branded a racist if I got it wrong and would have got into trouble. It made me hesitant.
“I wanted to get it right and not mess it up by over-reacting or judging someone by their race,” he said.