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UK News Britain to honour its dead with vigil after London Bridge attack

11:15  02 december  2019
11:15  02 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Trump 'pledges support' after London Bridge attack leaves one dead

  Trump 'pledges support' after London Bridge attack leaves one dead Donald Trump has condemned the London Bridge Terror attack as a “horrific act of violence” - and pledged support to the UK. The American president’s statement came after a terror attack unfolded in London Bridge on Friday afternoon. The attack left one person dead, as well as several with knife injuries. The suspect, who was shot dead at the scene by police, was believed to have been wearing a hoax explosive device. Mr Trump has been briefed onThe American president’s statement came after a terror attack unfolded in London Bridge on Friday afternoon.

Britain will pay tribute to Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, killed in a terror attack in London on Friday. A vigil will be held at Guildhall Yard in the City of London on Monday for the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge last Friday.

London Bridge was the scene of another attack , on 3 June 2017, in which eight people were killed and many more injured. This latest attack comes after the UK's terrorism threat level was downgraded on 4 November from "severe" to "substantial", meaning that attacks were thought to be "likely" rather than

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Undated combination image of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, victims of the London bridge stabbing attack © Reuters/METROPOLITAN POLICE Undated combination image of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, victims of the London bridge stabbing attack

By Guy Faulconbridge

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will on Monday honour the two people who were killed when a militant knife man went on a stabbing spree near London Bridge in an attack that has thrust criminal justice to the centre of the election campaign.

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Site of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Site of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were killed on Friday when Usman Khan, a man convicted of terrorism offences in 2012, went on the rampage with kitchen knives at a prisoner rehabilitation conference beside London Bridge.

London Bridge terror suspect named by police

  London Bridge terror suspect named by police The terror suspect shot dead on London Bridge has been named as 28-year-old Usman Khan, police say. Khan was convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences and released from prison in December 2018 on licence, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has said.Mr Basu said Khan had been living in the Staffordshire area and officers were searching the address.

On 3 June 2017, a terrorist vehicle-ramming and stabbing took place in London , England. A van was deliberately driven into pedestrians on London Bridge before crashing on the south bank of the River

London Bridge attack . Image copyright Met Police. The Mayor of London is among those expected to attend a vigil for the victims of the London Bridge attack in Khan, who was released from prison in December 2018 after serving half of his sentence, was later shot dead by police on London Bridge .

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Site of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Site of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London

Confronted by bystanders, including a Polish man brandishing a narwhal tusk and others with fire extinguishers, Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was wrestled to the ground. He was then shot dead by British police.

A vigil in Guildhall Yard, in the heart of the City of London, will be held to honour the dead, those injured, the emergency services and the members of the public who tackled Khan.

With less than two weeks to go until the Dec. 12 snap election, British politicians sought to apportion blame for the early release of Khan - who was released despite a warning from the sentencing judge in 2012 that he was a danger to the public.

"I absolutely deplore the fact that this man was out on the street, I think it was absolutely repulsive and we are going to take action," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday.

UK attack now political football as Johnson, Corbyn spar

  UK attack now political football as Johnson, Corbyn spar LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for victims, Friday’s attack is dominating the political scene as the Dec. 12 election nears, shifting the focus, at least for the moment, from Brexit and the National Health Service to issues of security and criminal justice.The argument centers over the early release from prison of Usman Khan, who served roughly half his sentence before being set free.

How the London Bridge terror attack unfolded – video report. The Met has identified the London Bridge attacker as Usman Khan, a 28-year-old man released from Khan was shot dead by police after being restrained by bystanders, including one man wielding a fire extinguisher and another

LONDON — A man armed with a knife and wearing what turned out to be a phony suicide explosives vest was shot dead by an armed officer near London Bridge on Friday after being wrestled to the ground by passersby in what the police said was a terror-related incident. Two people who were

a stone building that has a sign on a brick wall: Site of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Site of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London

Johnson's Conservatives have championed tough police and prison measures, but opponents have criticised them for overseeing almost a decade of cuts to public services.

BLAME GAME

Conservative cuts to community policing, probation, mental health, youth and social services could "lead to missed chances to intervene in the lives of people who go on to commit inexcusable acts," said Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn, a veteran peace campaigner, also said convicted terrorists should not necessarily serve their full prison terms.

Amid the political and media rhetoric, the father of one of the dead called on the media and politicians not to use his son's death to justify division or hatred.

London Bridge terror attack: Vigil to be held for victims Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt

  London Bridge terror attack: Vigil to be held for victims Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt A vigil will be held on Monday morning to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack. Former University of Cambridge students Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were fatally stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event at Fishmongers’ Hall on Friday. The remembrance service at 11am at Guildhall Yard will also honour the members of the public and emergency services who responded to the incident. The mayor of London is expected to attend.The Queen was among those to praise the brave actions of members of the public who tackled the terrorist.

London Bridge attack : what happened? Police say the attacker had attended an event celebrating He was shot dead on London Bridge by specialist police officers. There were fears he had an The attack comes only three weeks after Britain lowered its national terrorism threat level to "substantial"

On 29 November 2019, Usman Khan stabbed five people in Central London , killing two. Khan, on early release after a previous conviction on terrorism charges

"Don’t use my son’s death, and his and his colleague’s photos - to promote your vile propaganda," David Merritt said in a tweet above newspaper headlines from the Daily Mail and Daily Express, both of which described a government plan for a "blitz on freed jihadis".

"Jack stood against everything you stand for - hatred, division, ignorance," he said.

Both the dead were involved in the University of Cambridge's Learning Together programme to help educate and rehabilitate prisoners. Khan was attending a Learning Together event when he began his attack.

Sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison in 2012 with a requirement that the parole board assess his danger to the public before release, he was set free in December 2018 - without a parole board assessment.

Islamic State said the London Bridge attack on Friday was carried out by one of its fighters, the group's Amaq news agency reported on Saturday. The group did not provide any evidence.

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Peter Graff)

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