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Girlfriend’s anguish at memorial for London Bridge victims

The girlfriend of one of the London Bridge terror attack victims has been comforted as she sobbed through a memorial in his hometown.

Twin vigils were held in London and in Cambridge this morning to remember Saskia Jones, 23, and 25-year-old Jack Merritt who were fatally stabbed during the attack by convicted terrorist Usman Khan on Friday.

Image: Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt had both been students at Cambridge

The pair had been involved in a prisoner rehabilitation conference that their killer had also been attending.

Leanne O'Brien, the grieving girlfriend of Mr Merritt, clutched a cuddly toy and wept as she was supported by family members during the remembrance service in Cambridge, where both victims had been students.

In London, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn stood side-by-side as they observed a minute's silence, along with the city's mayor Sadiq Khan and members of the public.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks at vigil for victims of a fatal attack on London Bridge in London
'London will never be cowed by terrorism'

Mr Khan urged people to come together following the killings and said the "best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but by focusing on the values that bind us".

He said: "We come together this morning as Londoners to remember, to honour and to mourn the innocent lives lost as a result of this horrific terrorist attack on Friday."

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The mayor also thanked the public and the emergency services who "ran towards danger, risking their lives to help others".

Meanwhile, Ms Jones' former school, Winchester House, has paid tribute her.

It said in a statement: "We are shocked and saddened by the news of her death as she was an extraordinary young person; an individual who was talented across the realms of sport, music and academia.

"It is rare to witness such selflessness in one so young and we are proud that she was a member of our school. As a community our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

A minute's silence was held in memory of those who died and to pay tribute to those who risked their lives in responding to the London Bridge attack.
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