12th Dec, 2019

Stratford-on-Avon woman named as one of London Bridge terror attack victims killed

Ian Hughes 1st Dec, 2019

A 23-YEAR-OLD woman from Stratford has been named as the second person killed in terrorist attack near to London Bridge on Friday.

Saskia Jones and 25-year-old Jack Merritt were both stabbed to death. Both were graduates of the University of Cambridge and were involved in the Learning Together programme – Jack as a co-ordinator and Saskia as a volunteer. Family liaison officers are supporting their families.

In a statement Saskia’s 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.

“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 described him as “our beautiful, talented boy, died doing what he loved”.

Three other people were injured in the attack which saw 28-year-old suspect Usman Khan shot dead by police. He had been released from jail on licence in 2018, half way through a 16-year sentence for terrorism offences.

One of the three further people injured has now been able to return home. Two people remain in a stable condition and continue to receive expert care in hospital.

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