Victim of London Bridge terror attack is named as co-ordinator of rehabilitation conference where Usman Khan started knife rampage
One of the victims of yesterday’s London Bridge terror attack has been named by his father.
Jack Merritt was the course co-ordinator for Learning Together, the education scheme run by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology where Uzman Khan had been yesterday afternoon.
His father David said in a tweet that his son ‘would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily’.
A woman was also killed and three others were injured in the knife rampage carried out by Usman Khan.
Police were called to the north side of London Bridge at 1.58pm on Friday, after reports of a stabbing near Bank station and Fishmongers’ Hall, which was hosting an event called ‘Learning Together’.
Khan, 28, then left the building and headed towards London Bridge wearing a fake suicide vest.
Minutes later, witnesses saw the knifeman being wrestled to the ground by members of the public before armed-response officers confronted him at 2.03pm and shot him dead.
Two brave members of the public chased after the knifeman, one armed with a narwhal tusk and another with a fire extinguisher.
Armed police, who confronted the suspect at 2.03pm, were heard shouting ‘stop moving’ twice before shooting the man at close range.
Today, the Queen paid tribute to those who died as well as those who bravely fought the attacker.
She said: ‘Prince Philip and I have been saddened to hear of the terror attacks at London Bridge.
‘We send our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones and who have been affected by yesterday’s terrible violence.
‘I express my enduring thanks to the police and emergency services, as well as the brave individuals who put their own lives at risk to selflessly help and protect others.’