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UK News Jack Merritt: Girlfriend’s tribute to ‘phenomenal’ London Bridge attack victim

11:55  03 december  2019
11:55  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Second former Cambridge University student killed at London Bridge named

  Second former Cambridge University student killed at London Bridge named Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were both killed in the attack on Friday.The 23-year-old’s family paid tribute to a “funny, kind, positive influence” in a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, confirming she and fellow Cambridge alumni 25-year-old Jack Merritt were fatally stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan.

Jack Merritt , whose father described him as a “champion for underdogs everywhere,” was the first victim named in the London Bridge terrorist attack . According to Sky News, Merritt ran toward the mayhem when he heard people screaming. Tragically, Merritt and another person lost their lives and

Jack Merritt , pictured with his girlfriend Leanne, was The Queen paid tribute to the victims of the attack and thanked those whose heroic actions saved livesCredit: Royal Family Household. London Bridge attack victim Jack Merritt speaks to BBC Radio 4 about work with inmates.

a couple of people posing for a photo: Leanne O’Brien, left, and Jack Merritt, right (PA) © Provided by PA Media Leanne O’Brien, left, and Jack Merritt, right (PA)

The girlfriend of London Bridge terror attack victim Jack Merritt has described him as a “phenomenal” man and promised: “Together, we will make a difference.”

Leanne O’Brien posted the message on Facebook after Mr Merritt’s father David attacked politicians for using his son’s death “to perpetuate an agenda of hate”.

She wrote of her boyfriend: “My love, you are phenomenal and have opened so many doors for those that society turned their backs on.”

Cambridge University graduates Mr Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were both stabbed to death by 28-year-old convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event they were supporting at London’s Fishmonger’s Hall.

Girlfriend's anguish at memorial for London Bridge victims

  Girlfriend's anguish at memorial for London Bridge victims The girlfriend of one of the London Bridge terror attack victims has been comforted as she sobbed through a memorial in his hometown. Twin vigils were held in London and in Cambridge this morning to remember Saskia Jones, 23, and 25-year-old Jack Merritt who were fatally stabbed during the attack by convicted terrorist Usman Khan on Friday.

People who knew prison rehabilitation worker pay tribute , including rapper Dave.

Media captionListen to Jack Merritt speak on a BBC podcast about his work helping inmates at a prison to study law. One of the people stabbed to death in Friday' s attack at London Bridge has been named as 25-year-old University of Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt .

On Monday, the family of Mr Merritt gathered to pay tribute to him and Miss Jones at a service in Cambridge on Monday, in which Ms O’Brien was seen breaking down in tears.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Leanne O’Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members during a vigil at the Guildhall in Cambridge to honour both him and Saskia Jones (Joe Giddens/PA) © Provided by PA Media Leanne O’Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members during a vigil at the Guildhall in Cambridge to honour both him and Saskia Jones (Joe Giddens/PA)

Later, David Merritt wrote in the Guardian that his son would be “livid” if he could comment on his death.

“He would be seething at his death, and his life, being used to perpetuate an agenda of hate that he gave his everything fighting against,” he said.

“We should never forget that. What Jack would want from this is for all of us to walk through the door he has booted down, in his black Doc Martens.”

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

  Vigils to honour London Bridge terror attack victims Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt Crowds came to pay their respects to Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, who were stabbed by a convicted terroristMourners 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.

Father confirms death of son who was working on prisoner rehabilitation programme.

Tributes have been paid to London Bridge attack victim Jack Merritt . Award-winning UK rapper Dave has paid an emotional tribute to London Bridge attack victim Jack Merritt . Jack was yesterday named as one of two people who died after being stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan.

It came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to blame Labour for the early release of the convicted terrorist as the political row over the knife attack intensified.

The Prime Minister said Usman Khan, who was freed halfway through a 16-year jail sentence, was on the streets because of laws introduced by a “leftie government”.

And in an interview with The Sun on Tuesday Mr Johnson accused Mr Corbyn of backing terror groups and Russia over Britain’s allies in Nato.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab added to the argument on Tuesday, telling BBC Radio 4 Labour “wanted to see dangerous offenders released”.

He said: “Of course we want to reform and rehabilitate criminal offenders where that’s possible, but I think in this case and in the level of very serious dangerous criminal offenders, it’s clear some of those we will struggle to be sure that we can reform, that they will rehabilitate, and we’re absolutely clear that we will not allow the release of people onto the streets who present a danger, and that separates us from Jeremy Corbyn, who’s made clear that he would be willing to see those sorts of dangerous offenders released.”

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Britain paid tribute to Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt , 25, killed in a terror attack in London on Friday. Emergency services and Londoners who stepped in to A vigil is being held at Guildhall Yard in the City of London on Monday for the victims of the terror attack near London Bridge last Friday.

Vigils for the victims of the London Bridge attack have been held in London and Cambridge. Jack Merritt , 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were commemorated at the services, which included a minute' s silence. They were stabbed to death by Usman Khan - convicted of terrorism in 2012 - at a prisoner

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

a man and a woman sitting at a table posing for the camera: Jack Merritt (Met Police/PA) © Provided by PA Media Jack Merritt (Met Police/PA)

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.

Mr Merritt, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was a co-ordinator for Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology which is aimed at bringing offenders and people in higher education to “study alongside each other”.

Miss Jones, a volunteer on the programme from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, was described as having “great passion” for providing support to victims of crime by her family.

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.”

Man arrested in Bristol on suspicion of terror offences amid crackdown following London bridge attack .
A man has been arrested in Bristol on suspicion of terrorism offences, police have said. The 33-year-old man was detained after a coordinated operation at a flat in the Clifton area of the city on Monday. Officers from the Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) said he had been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41b of the Terrorism Act 2000. They also revealed the arrestThe 33-year-old man was detained after a coordinated operation at a flat in the Clifton area of the city on Monday.

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