London Bridge attack: Second person killed in terror incident named as Saskia Jones

Saskia Jones, 23, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, was killed in the attack on Friday. (PA)

The woman killed in Friday's London Bridge terror attack has been named by police as former Cambridge University Saskia Jones.

The 23-year-old’s family paid tribute to a “funny, kind, positive influence” in a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, confirming she and fellow Cambridge alumni 25-year-old Jack Merritt were fatally stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan.

The university’s vice chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope announced the former student was the second victim and confirmed a member of university staff is among those injured.

On Saturday it was announced Jack Merritt, 25, was the other person killed in the attack.

Ms Jones's family released a statement describing her as "funny, kind, and a positive influence". (PA)

Ms Jones, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, attended the programme as a volunteer, while Mr Merritt was there as a co-coordinator.

A statement from her 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.

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“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.”

A further three people were injured in the melee, one of whom has now been released from hospital according to the NHS.

It comes as an urgent review of terrorists released from prison has been launched after Khan’s rampage.

The 28-year-old was released halfway through his 16-year sentence and was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he attended a conference on prisoner rehabilitation hosted by Cambridge University scheme Learning Together.


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“I am sad beyond words to report that a course co-ordinator, Jack Merritt, was killed, as was a former student not yet named by the Metropolitan Police,” said Mr Toope.

“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.”

Jack Merritt, 25, was named on Saturday as one of those killed in the attack. (Getty)

The attack has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison, which Boris Johnson says is “probably about 74” people.

The Prime Minister told BBC One’s the Andrew Marr Show that the other individuals were now “being properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat”.

“I think it is ridiculous, I think it is repulsive, that individuals as dangerous as this man should be allowed out after serving only eight years and that’s why we are going to change the law,” he said on Sunday.

Pushed on what action is being taken, Mr Johnson said he did not want to go into the “operational details”, but said: “I’m sure people can imagine what we’re doing to ensure that 74 other individuals who’ve been let out early on the basis of this Labour change in legislation, they are being properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat.”

Mr Johnson said Khan was under “various conditions”, adding: “He had mentors, he had restrictions on his mobile phone, he had restrictions on internet access.”