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UK News Vigils to honour London Bridge terror attack victims Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt

15:40  02 december  2019
15:40  02 december  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Image caption Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt were stabbed to death in Friday's terror attack at London Bridge . " Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment programme

Hundreds of people turned out in vigils in London and Cambridge on Monday morning to honour the victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

Mourners observed a minute's silence for former University of Cambridge students Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, who were fatally stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event on Saturday.

Among the crowd in London were Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, as well as mayor Sadiq Khan, who called for London's residents to come together following the killings and work together for a future "not defined by hatred but defined by hope, unity and love".

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Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil in Guildhall Yard, London, to honour the victims off the London Bridge terror attack. © PA Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil in Guildhall Yard, London, to honour the victims off the London Bridge terror attack.

He thanked the public and members of the emergency services who "ran towards danger, risking their lives to help others they didn't even know" and called on Londoners to "draw inspiration from the lives of Jack and Saskia who, from a very early age, chose to dedicate themselves to helping others". Today, further details emerged of the heroism of a Polish dishwasher called Lukasz, who confronted Usman Khan and was hurt while trying to prevent him hurting others.

Sadiq Khan said: "We come together in condolence but also in a spirit of defiance to say that London will never be cowed or intimidated by terrorism."

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Ms Jones and Jack Merritt , 25, who was also killed at the Cambridge University organised conference, will be remembered at a vigil and service in London Saskia studied criminology at Anglia Ruskin University before doing a masters at Cambridge University, where she carried out voluntary work with

London Bridge attack victim Jack Merritt speaks to BBC Radio 4 about work with inmates. A vigil for the two victims was held at Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge. A note today was placed Chilling echoes of London Bridge terror attack two years ago. Three terrorists killed eight people

In Cambridge, Mr Merritt's girlfriend broke down in tears as she stood in the crowd, just one day after his family paid their respects in a heartfelt tribute.

They said: "He lit up our lives and the lives of his many friends and colleagues, and we will miss him terribly. Jack lived his principles; he believed in redemption and rehabilitation, not revenge, and he always took the side of the underdog.

"We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary."

a group of people standing in front of a building: Hundreds attended the vigil to honour the victims, as well as the members of the public and emergency services who risked their lives to help others. © PA Hundreds attended the vigil to honour the victims, as well as the members of the public and emergency services who risked their lives to help others.

Miss Jones, a volunteer with Learning Together from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, was described as having a "great passion" for providing support to victims of crime by her family.

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The second victim of the London Bridge terror attack has been named by the Metropolitan police as Saskia Jones , 23, a former Cambridge University student from Stratford-upon-Avon. Jones was named a day after Jack Merritt , 25, was identified by his father as the other person killed by Usman

Saskia Jones , 23, had recently graduated from University of Cambridge and was volunteering in the school's "Learning Together" program. Family members and the University of Cambridge community are mourning the victims of Friday’s fatal stabbing at London Bridge , both recent graduates who

In a statement, they said: "She was intent on living life to the full and had a wonderful thirst for knowledge, enabling her to be the best she could be.

"Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment programme, wishing to specialise in victim support."

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The family of victim Jack Merritt at a vigil at The Guildhall in Cambridge © PA The family of victim Jack Merritt at a vigil at The Guildhall in Cambridge

Khan, 28, from Stoke, was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he launched the attack, which injured three others, after he was invited to the prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday afternoon.

The event was organised held by Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University's Institute of Criminology.

The Ministry of Justice has since said it is to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said was "probably about 74" people. In a message posted to Twitter, Mr Merritt's father told politicians and the media: "Don't use my son's death to promote your vile propaganda."

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Media captionListen to Jack Merritt speak on a BBC podcast about his work helping inmates at a prison to study law. Khan, who had been jailed over a terror plot, was shot dead by police after members of the public restrained him. Mr Merritt was described by his father on Twitter as a "beautiful

Former Cambridge students Saskia Jones , 23, and Jack Merritt , 25, were fatally stabbed by 28-year-old A vigil will be held on Monday to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack and to honour the emergency services and members of the public who responded to the incident.

a group of people looking at a woman: Leanne O'Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members © PA Leanne O'Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said any of the individuals concerned who was found to be in breach of their licence conditions would be recalled to prison.

Khan, who was living in Stafford, was given permission to travel into the heart of London by police and the Probation Service.

a group of people posing for the camera: Members of the public mourned the loss of the formers students on Monday morning. © Getty Images Members of the public mourned the loss of the formers students on Monday morning.

Convicted of terror offences in February 2012, he was released from prison on licence in December 2018, halfway through his 16-year prison sentence.

He launched the fatal attack at the Learning Together event just before 2pm on Friday.

Armed with two knives and wearing a fake suicide vest, he was tackled by members of the public, including ex-offenders from the conference, before he was shot dead by police.

One of the three people injured in the attack has been allowed to return home while the other two remain in a stable condition in hospital.

London Bridge attacker's body to be buried in Pakistan .
The body of Usman Khan, who killed two people in a terrorist attack in London Bridge, has been released by the City of London coroner and has been flown to Pakistan. © Other Usman Khan was one of nine members of a terror group that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange Officials at Islamabad International Airport confirmed to Sky News that the 28-year-old's body had been flown out from the UK on a passenger plane on Thursday afternoon and arrived in Pakistan on Friday morning.

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