Woman killed in London Bridge attack was former Cambridge student

Woman killed in London Bridge attack was former Cambridge student


 A woman killed in Friday’s London Bridge terror attack was a former Cambridge University student, it has been confirmed  Vice chancellor Prof Stephen J Toope revealed the murder victim had studied there  The woman has yet to be named.  She and 25-year-old Jack Merritt, who was coordinating an ex-prisoners’ conference which killer Usman Khan had been allowed to attend, were killed in the attack  A member of university staff was also injured.  Prof Toope said: “I am devastated to learn that among the victims of the London Bridge attack were staff and alumni of the University of Cambridge, taking part in an event to mark five years of the Learning Together programme ”  Do you know the victim of the London Bridge attack? Email [email protected]  Khan, 28, was gunned down by police on London Bridge after brave members of the public brought his merciless attack to a halt  Prof Toope’s statement continued: “What should have been a joyous opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this unique and socially transformative programme, hosted by our Institute of Criminology, was instead disrupted by an unspeakable criminal act  “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  “Among the three people injured, whose identities have not been publicly released, is a member of University staff  “Our University condemns this abhorrent and senseless act of terror.  “Our condolences, our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families  “We will be providing all the support we can to our colleagues, including counselling for staff and students who are affected by the event  “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 ”  Yesterday Mr Merritt’s heartbroken dad paid tribute to his son.  David Merritt said: “My son, Jack, who was killed in this attack, would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily  “R.I.P Jack: you were a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog ”  Convicted terrorist Khan was released from prison nearly a year ago after being jailed in 2012 as part of a group which planned attacks on targets including the London Stock Exchange  He claimed he no longer held extreme views, and was given a strict list of conditions he had to follow  One of these was that he could not go to London.  But probation bosses granted him an exemption to attend the conference  Last night the Ministry of Justice said it did not dispute the claims but declined to comment  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.  Khan 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  The attack has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison, which is understood to be around 70 people  In February 2012, Khan, who had been based in Stoke-on-Trent, was handed an indeterminate sentence for public protection, with a minimum term of eight years – meaning he could have been kept in prison for as long he was deemed to be a threat to the public  The sentence was quashed at the Court of Appeal in April 2013 and he was given a determinate 16-year jail term, with a five-year extended licence period, under legislation which meant he was released automatically halfway through the sentence  But sentencing law changed later in 2012, and if Khan was given the same sentence today, he would have had to serve at least two thirds and be released only if the Parole Board agreed

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