London Bridge: Knife attacker shot dead and several people injured in terror attack
A number of people were stabbed by the knifeman before he was grappled to the ground by members of the public and shot dead by armed police.Several people were stabbed by the knifeman before he was grappled to the ground and disarmed by members of the public.
London Bridge terror attack victims Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt both died after suffering a stab wound to the chest, an inquest has heard.
University of Manchester graduate Jack Merritt, 25, and Ms Jones, 23, were attacked during a prisoner rehabilitation event at Fishmongers' Hall last Friday afternoon.
Convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, who was living in Stafford, was later identified as their killer.
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.
On Wednesday, City of London senior coroner Alison Hewitt opened and adjourned inquests into the victims' deaths at the Old Bailey.
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The court heard Ms Jones had graduated from Cambridge University in the summer of 2018 with a master's in criminology and had applied to join West Midlands Police.
She was said to be "passionate about victim support'' and planned to use her role in the police to further her PhD at Oxford University.
Mr Merritt also had a master's degree in criminology at Cambridge having already completed a law degree at Manchester University.
Both Ms Jones and Mr Merritt had been at the Fishmongers' Hall event when they were stabbed, the hearing was told.
Detective Superintendent Des McHugh said: "On Friday November 29 2019 an event was held at Fishmonger's Hall, London Bridge.
"At 1.58pm police were contacted with reports that a male was attacking delegates at the event within Fishmongers' Hall.
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"Armed officers attended the scene. Upon their arrival the male had left the building and was being restrained on London Bridge by several members of the public. The male was subsequently shot by police.''
Ms Jones was pronounced dead at 2.25pm, the court heard.
Mr Merritt was moved from the scene to nearby King William Street where he was pronounced dead at 3.14pm, despite efforts to save him.
Post-mortem examinations found Mr Merritt and Ms Jones died from "shock and haemorrhaging'' and a "stab wound to the chest'', the Metropolitan Police officer said.
Mr Merritt, from Cottenham, near Cambridge, was a co-ordinator for Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University's Institute of Criminology.
Miss Jones, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, was a volunteer for the programme which aims to bring offenders and people in higher education to study alongside each other.
Three more people were injured in the attack, two of whom are said to remain in a stable condition in hospital while the third has returned home.
Ms Hewitt confirmed Chief Coroner for England and Wales, Mark Lucraft QC, would hear the full inquests on a date to be fixed.
The fresh inquests come just months after the conclusion of the Old Bailey inquests into the deaths of eight innocent people during the 2017 London Bridge terror attack
London Bridge victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest hears .
The two victims of the London Bridge terror attack died after being stabbed in the chest, an inquest has heard. University of Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and 23-year-old Saskia Jones were killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during his deadly rampage last Friday. © PA Jack Merritt was a coordinator at a prisoner rehabilitation conference Mr Hall was working as a co-ordinator at a prisoner rehabilitation conference at Fishmongers' Hall where Khan launched his attack, while Ms Jones was a volunteer at the event.