Man, 25, named as victim of London Bridge terror attack

A University of Cambridge graduate who was killed in the London Bridge terror attack has been described as a "beautiful spirit", as it emerged he ran towards the incident after hearing screams.

Jack Merritt, 25, was a course coordinator at Learning Together, which organised the prison rehabilitation conference attended by Usman Khan before his deadly rampage on Friday afternoon.

Image: Jack Merritt was killed in the London Bridge tteror attack. Pic: Instagram

An eyewitness told Sky News that Mr Merritt ran towards the scene of the attack in Fishmongers' Hall after hearing screams inside the venue.

Khan, armed with two knives and wearing a fake suicide vest, killed Mr Merritt and a woman – who has not been named – while injuring three other people before being shot dead by police.

It has emerged the 28-year-old was a convicted terrorist who was wearing an electronic tag after being released half-way through a 16-year prison sentence for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange.


Sky News understands he was a student and personal friend of the Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary.

Mr Merritt's father paid tribute to his son, who studied law at the University of Manchester before attending the University of Cambridge from 2016 to 2017.

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David Merritt posted on Twitter: "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."

Jack Merritt. Pic: Instagram
Image: Jack Merritt attended the University of Manchester and the University of Cambridge. Pic: Instagram

In a statement on Saturday, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Base said there was "no evidence to suggest anybody else was involved in this attack".

He added that Khan was subject to an "extensive list of licence conditions" on his release from prison and that "to the best of my knowledge he was complying with those conditions".

Police have been searching a three-storey block of flats in Wolverhampton Road in Stafford, where Khan is believed to have been staying, and another property in Stoke-on-Tren, where had also been based.

Police setting up barriers to maintain the integrity of the site at a three-storey block of flats in Woverhampton Road, Stafford, where a property is being searched by police following yesterday's stabbing attacks in London.
Image: Police have been searching a property in Stafford

Meanwhile, the condition of a person who was critically injured in the attack has now improved, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said.

Three people remain in hospital – two of which are stable and a third who has less serious injuries.

Khan reportedly threatened to blow up Fishmongers' Hall while wearing his fake suicide vest before he began stabbing people shortly before 2pm on Friday.

Khan is reported to have started "lashing out" in a downstairs room of the hall but was grabbed by people at the conference and bundled out of the front door as he tried to go upstairs.

This picture of the alleged attacker appears to show the hoax explosive device
Moment attacker pinned down and shot at point-blank range

He was tackled by several members of the public – including ex-offenders and an off-duty plain-clothed police officer – before he was shot dead by police on London Bridge.

Footage posted online showed Khan being taken to the ground as one man sprays him with a fire extinguisher and another, reportedly a Polish chef, lunges towards him with a narwhal tusk believed to have been taken from the wall inside the hall.

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British Transport Police confirmed one its off-duty officers helped tackle the attacker and was seen holding a knife and walking away from the scene.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: "The courageous actions he took when faced with the horrors of this attack are remarkable. He, as well as other members of the public, should be extremely proud of what they did to stop this man on London Bridge."

One of the heroes was armed with a narwhal whale tusk
Image: One of the men who tackled Khan was armed with a narwhal whale tusk

Khan was handed an open-ended indeterminate sentence in February 2012 for public protection over his part in an al Qaida-inspired terror group that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

He had also planned build a terrorist training camp on land in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir owned by his family.

A list of other potential targets included the names and addresses of the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London, then London mayor Mr Johnson, two rabbis, and the American Embassy in London.

However, the sentence for Khan – along with two co-conspirators – was quashed at the Court of Appeal in April 2013.

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