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London Bridge victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest hears

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The two victims of the London Bridge terror attack died after being stabbed in the chest, an inquest has heard.

University of Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and 23-year-old Saskia Jones were killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during his deadly rampage last Friday.

Mr Merritt was working as a co-ordinator at a prisoner rehabilitation conference at Fishmongers' Hall where Khan launched his attack, while Ms Jones was a volunteer at the event.

Image: Jack Merritt was a coordinator at a prisoner rehabilitation conference

At the Old Bailey on Wednesday, City of London senior coroner Alison Hewitt opened and adjourned inquests into the two victims' deaths.

Detective Superintendent Desmond McHugh told the hearing that Ms Jones was pronounced dead at Fishmongers' Hall at 2.25pm on Friday, while Mr Merritt died in nearby William Street at 3.14pm having been moved on a stretcher by police.

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They had both been attacked inside the hall, the hearing was told.

Pathologist Dr Fegan-Earl said each victim died from shock and haemorrhaging as a result of a stab wound to the chest.

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Saskia Jones died in Friday's attack
Image: Saskia Jones had planned to join the police

Three other people were injured in the attack, two are said to be in a stable condition in hospital while the third has returned home.

The inquest heard heard Ms Jones had graduated from Cambridge University in the summer of 2018 with a master's in criminology and had applied to join West Midlands Police.

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Image: Saskia Jones was a volunteer at the event where Khan launched his attack

She was said to be "passionate about victim support" and planned to use her role in the police to further her PhD at Oxford University.

Mr Merritt also had a master's degree in criminology at Cambridge having already completed a law degree at Manchester University.

Jack Merritt has been named as a victim of the London Bridge attack. Pic: Facebook
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