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01 December 2019 22:32

Saskia Jones

London Bridge attack: Second victim named as Saskia Jones, former Cambridge University student

A woman killed in the London Bridge terror attack has been named as 23-year-old Saskia Jones. The former Cambridge University student, from Stratford-upon Avon, in Warwickshire, had been working as a volunteer as part of the Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation programme, police said. Jack Merritt, 25, another former student who was involved with the programme as a course coordinator, was also killed in the attack on Friday afternoon. London Bridge attack: Terror police shoot man after stabbing Show all 29 left Created with Sketch. "She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people," they added in a statement.

The statement continued: "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." Dr Vin Diwakar, the medical director for the NHS in London, said on Sunday that one of the three people injured in the attack had been allowed to return home while the other two remained in a stable condition in hospital. Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, confirmed one of the three people injured was a member of university staff, adding that the university "condemns this abhorrent and senseless act of terror". Convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, was at the same event as Ms Jones and Mr Merritt when he reportedly "threatened to blow up" the building near London Bridge shortly before 2pm on Friday. Armed with two knives and wearing a fake suicide vest, he killed the two victims and injured three others before being tackled to the ground by members of the public and then shot dead by police on London Bridge. London Bridge was one of the scenes of a terror attack in June 2017 – also during a general election campaign – when eight victims were killed along with three terrorists, who were armed with knives and wearing fake suicide vests.

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A statement from the family of Saskia Jones, issued through police, said: "Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people's lives. A statement from the family of Jack Merritt, issued through police, said: "Jack Merritt, our beautiful, talented boy, died doing what he loved, surrounded by people he loved and who loved him. "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. The second victim of Friday's London Bridge terror attack was a Cambridge University graduate, who was so committed to helping others that she had recently applied to join the police, it emerged last night. Saskia Jones, 23, was described by her family as "funny" and "kind" and someone who had a "positive influence" on all those she met.

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Miss Jones, from Stratford upon Avon, completed an MPhil in Criminology last year, and had recently applied to the police's graduate scheme and was hoping to specialise in victim support. They said: "Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people's lives. "She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people. "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." Second London Bridge victim named as former Cambridge University student Saskia Jones Saskia Jones (right) has been formally identified by the Metropolitan Police as the woman who died in the London Bridge attack (Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire) The woman killed in the London Bridge terror attack has been identified as former University of Cambridge student Saskia Jones, the university has said. 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. In a statement online, professor Stephen J Toopem, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said he was "sad beyond words" to report the death of Ms Jones, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, following news that course coordinator and graduate Jack Merritt was killed. The statement from her family said: "Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people's lives. "She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people. "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. Prof Toopem said he was "devastated" to learn that among the victims of the attack were staff and alumni of the university, who were taking part in an event at Fishmongers' Hall to "mark five years of the Learning Together programme", which focuses on prisoner rehabilitation. "I am sad beyond words to report that a course coordinator, Jack Merritt, was killed, as was a former student not yet named by the Metropolitan Police. Prof Toopem said the university is providing support to colleagues, including counselling for staff and students affected by the event. He added: "We are grateful to the Metropolitan Police, to local emergency services, and to those members of the public – including students, staff, alumni and other participants at the event – who selflessly intervened to contain the incident." The attacker, convicted terrorist Usman Khan, who was shot dead by police, stabbed a number of people inside Fishmongers' Hall, killing two and injuring three others.