Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

London Knife Attack Suspect Was Ex-terror Convict

London Knife Attack Suspect Was Ex-terror Convict

A vigil is planned to pay tribute to those who died in the London Bridge attack and to honour the bystanders who fought the attacker.

Leanne O'Brien wept and clutched a cuddly toy as she was supported by family and friends at the event, which also honoured fellow Cambridge graduate Saskia Jones.

Khan, 28, with knives strapped to his hands, launched his murderous attack shortly before 2pm, was chased out of the building by fearless staff and former offenders, tackled to the ground and then shot dead by police.

The Metropolitan Police said a 23-year-old man was arrested in north London on Sunday "on suspicion of breaching notification requirements under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008".

Mayor Khan told them: "The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but by focusing on the values that bind us". On the one hand, we saw ordinary Londoners going about their daily lives, and the fearless men and women of our emergency services rushing headlong into danger with barely a thought for their own safety to protect the lives of others.

Merritt was reportedly a Cambridge University graduate who was working for its "Learning Together" initiative run by the Department of Criminology to promote prison-based education.

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The family also said Merritt would not want his death to be used by the government as an excuse to extend prison detentions.

Merritt's family said: "Jack lived his principles; he believed in redemption and rehabilitation, not revenge, and he always took the side of the underdog".

In another post subsequently deleted, he said his son 'would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily'.

The lone attacker Usman Khan is surrounded by police and members of the public on London Bridge. "Jack stood against everything you stand for - hatred, division, ignorance", above an image right-wing newspaper headlines about Johnson's comments. "Family liaison officers are supporting their families", the statement said.

"This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences".

On Friday he launched his attack armed with two knives and wearing a fake suicide vest.

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