The woman killed in the London Bridge terror attack on Friday has been named as Saskia Jones. The 23-year-old, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, was a former University of Cambridge student.

Her family paid tribute to a ‘funny, kind, positive influence’ in a statement, confirming she and fellow Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt, 25, were fatally stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan.

Khan, 28, was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he attended a conference on prisoner rehabilitation hosted by Cambridge University scheme Learning Together at Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge.

Saskia Jones, 23, was a former University of Cambridge student

The attack left three other people injured. Among them is another member of university staff, Cambridge’s vice-chancellor Stephen Toope confirmed today. Saskia was a volunteer at the programme, while Jack was there as a co-coordinator.

A 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. ‘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. ‘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.

Mr Merritt, 25, from Cambridgeshire is the first fatality to be named following yesterday’s attack

‘This is an extremely painful time for the family. Saskia will leave a huge void in our lives and we would request that our privacy is fully respected.’ Jack’s family said he was a ‘beautiful, talented boy’ in a statement released on their behalf on Sunday, saying he died ‘doing what he loved’. ‘He lit up our lives and the lives of his many friends and colleagues, and we will miss him terribly,’ the statement said.
But they asked for his death not to be used to justify introducing ‘even more draconian sentences’ on offenders.

They 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.’ Jack graduated from the university and went on to work as a course coordinator for its Institute for Criminology’s Learning Together programme aimed at improving rehabilitation. The initiative involved prisoners and Cambridge University students working together on the same courses. Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide-vest, had ‘threatened to blow up’ the building. It’s thought he started ‘lashing out’ in a downstairs room.

He was reportedly grabbed by conference-goers and bundled out of the front door and ended up on the bridge, where he was tackled by members of the public and shot dead by police.

The medical director for the NHS in London, Dr Vin Diwakar, said that one of the three people injured in the attack had been allowed to return home while the other two remain in a stable condition in hospital.

Khan, who was living in Stafford, was given permission to travel into the heart of London by police and the probation service. He had also been allowed to travel to Whitehall earlier in the year.


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