30 November 2019 18:36
London Bridge attacker Usman Khan attended a workshop on storytelling and creative writing moments before he began his attack. Fishmongers' Hall hosted a conference on prisoner rehabilitation run by academics at the University of Cambridge's criminology institute. Former prisoner Usman Khan, from Staffordshire, was invited to the 'Learning Together' fifth anniversary event on the north side of London Bridge which included other former inmates and prison staff. Jack Merritt, 25, from Cottenham, was the course co-ordinator for Learning Together, and was named today by his father as one of the victims of the terror attack. Khan had previously participated in Cambridge University's Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation sessions but had showed 'no cause for concern,' a source with knowledge of the programme said.
The photograph posted online during the Cambridge University prisoner rehabilitation group at Fishmongers' Hall yesterday Jack (left) 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. David Merritt tweeted that his son Jack tragically lost his life in the attack (right) The conference was posted on eventbrite and stated that it was 'a day to celebrate, connect and collaborate'. Learning Together Five Year Celebration Alumni Event posted the schedule on eventbrite According to the Learning Together schedule of the day, Khan began his terror spree during the storytelling and creative writing session. Academics and criminal justice campaigners tweeted about the day at the grade II listed building and a photograph was posted online of the gathering. The 28-year-old attacker is understood to have been invited to share his experience of prison and wore black clothing and sand-coloured boots, according to The Times. A witness named Coralie said around 100 guests and 50 staff were in attendance. Khan returned to the hall via the grand staircase after the morning session where he later threatened to blow up the hall, a member of staff said. According to the source, all those involved in tackling Khan, with the exception of the man reported to be a Polish chef, were ex-offenders. One of the group was James Ford, who admitted the murder of a woman with the mental age of a 15-year-old, in 2014. Left: One of the heroes of yesterday's London Bridge attack was a convicted murderer out on day release, James Ford. Right: Amanda Champion – who had the mental age of a 15-year-old – was found strangled and with her throat cut in Kent Ford was caught after a Samaritans worker broke a vow of anonymity to tell police that a man who had phoned the confidential service 45 times had confessed to killing a woman. The source said that risk assessment is 'front and centre' in the Learning Together programme, due to the involvement of students. They added that normal procedures by police and probation service had been undertaken with Khan and he had shown 'no cause for concern' up until the moment of the incident. The free event hosted by Learning Together and posted on eventbrite. The event said it was a day to 'celebrate, connect and collaborate' The Learning Together Network is a prison-based education initiative with the emphasis on 'being, belonging, becoming' Bryonn Bain led a workshop at Fishmongers' Hall yesterday Several people were stabbed as they tried to fight the attacker but 25-year-old Jack Merritt and a woman were killed in the attack. A woman at the Royal London Hospital in East London said today that a woman in her 20s had 'slash wounds on her arms and stomach' and a man was put into an induced coma, according to The Sun. Armed police are guarding the hospital which was put on lockdown at 5pm yesterday. Learning Together was set up in 2014 by University of Cambridge academics Ruth Armstrong (right) and Amy Ludlow (left) from the Faculty of Law and Institute of Criminology Coralie recalled how one woman ran towards her after she was stabbed in the arm as the hall descended into panic. Prison reform activist and poet Bryonn Bain attended the event and led a conference on criminal justice. Dr Penelope Mendonça tweeted that she was 'excited' for the Learning Together event alongside a picture in the brochure of a Barack Obama tweet Graphic facilitator and cartoonist Dr Penelope Mendonça tweeted: 'Incredible workshop by Bryonn Bain at Fishmongers Hall #LTturns5 Learning Together' alongside a picture of the workshop Khan (circled) was confronted by several heroic members of the public, including one who used a Narwhal tusk to try and restrain him on London Bridge A friend of kitchen worker Lukasz, Jordan, who works as a chef in the hall, said: 'A mate in the kitchen tells me the man gunned down gained access and attacked a few workers with a knife.' He described how Lukasz took on one of the attackers and is in a stable condition after being stabbed in the hand. Jordan tweeted: 'A good lifelong friend Lukasz was stabbed. Lukasz took on the attacker, being stabbed didn't stop him giving him a beating from what I'm told.' Attendees at the conference were led out of the hall by police, some with blood on their clothes. One told how his friend has been killed in the attack and said: 'My friend died in my arms. 'In particular, officers would like to speak to anyone who was at Fishmongers' Hall yesterday.' Prison reform activist and poet Bryonn Bain attended the conference and led a conference on criminal justice. The five minutes of terror that started at Fishmongers' Hall at 13:58pm on the north side of London Bridge Danika Brown tweeted that she was 'excited' for the event that celebrates the fifth year of Learning Together and posted a picture of a poster at the conference An invitation to a Learning Together event on Wednesday 12 June at HMP Whitemoor (left). Danika Brown tweeted #LTturns5 with the schedule of the day and the business card yesterday (right) The Metropolitan Police has named convicted terrorist Usman Khan, pictured, as the man responsible for the London Bridge Terror attack which claimed two lives Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said he was 'devastated' that an event organised by its Institute of Criminology was targeted in the attack. He said: 'I am devastated to learn that yesterday's hateful attack on London Bridge may have been targeted at staff, students and alumni attending an event organised by the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology. 'We are in touch with the Metropolitan Police, and awaiting further details of the victims. Learning Together was set up in 2014 by University of Cambridge academics Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow from the Faculty of Law and Institute of Criminology. The eventbrite advert added: 'Everyone who has been involved in a Learning Together Partnership across the UK is invited to join us in celebrating 5 years of Learning Together.' A two-hour interactive workshops started at 12.15 involving storytelling and creative writing. Director at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Danika Brown tweeted ahead of the event yesterday. Metropolitan Police tweeted this morning: 'Detectives investigating the attack near London Bridge are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward' Armed police take aim at terrorist Usman Khan on London Bridge She wrote: 'So excited to be at the Learning Together 5th year celebration' alongside a picture of a welcome poster showing people holding hands. Graphic facilitator and cartoonist Dr Penelope Mendonça tweeted alongside a picture of the hall and a brochure for the event: 'I am so excited to listen to and capture the remarkable achievements of all those Learning Together today.' She later posted: 'Incredible workshop by Bryonn Bain at Fishmongers Hall #LTturns5 Learning Together.' Learning Together is a prison-based education initiative with the emphasis on 'being, belonging, becoming'. It is not yet known if the victims were also attending the event. A University of Cambridge spokesman said: 'We are gravely concerned at reports that University of Cambridge staff, students and alumni were caught up in the incident at London Bridge. Coracle Inside, a secure digital channel for education providers to access the prison estate, tweeted: 'Thinking of Learning Together at Fishmongers Hall today and hoping everyone is safe.