PM Johnson vows to strengthen prison sentences after London attack

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

A woman was also killed in Friday's London Bridge attacks, and three people were injured.

"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".

Johnson said if he won the December 12 election he would invest more money in the prison system and make sentences tougher.

Commodore Toby Williamson said his employee took the tusk from the wall to fight the terrorist and "buy time for others to escape" after Khan attacked on Friday.

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and Suffolk's most senior Church of England clergyman, said: "My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, both Cambridge graduates, tragically killed in the terror attack at London Bridge on Friday".

The other victim, Jack Merritt, who was yesterday reported to have died in the attack, graduated with an MPhil in Criminology from Hughes Hall, and worked as a course coordinator for Learning Together.

In a statement, they said: "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".

"Jack lived his principles; he believed in redemption and rehabilitation, not revenge, and he always took the side of the underdog".

They said he "would not want this awful, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary".

Mr Johnson told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show that the other individuals were now "being properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat" and called the convicted terrorist's release from prison "repulsive".

Mr Williamson confirmed the man pictured with the narwhal tusk on London Bridge is not Lukasz, who he says is "too humble" for any recognition, but another man who later picked it up.

Khan had been attending the Learning Together conference at Fishmongers' Hall, before he launched his stabbing attack.

Johnson said there were probably about 74 people convicted of serious offences who had been released under the legislation, adding that they were being monitored to ensure there was no threat to the public.

The 28-year-old was part of an al-Qa'ida-inspired terror group and was convicted of terror offences in 2012. The other two remain stable in hospital.

But the family of Mr Merritt, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, asked for his death to not to be used to justify introducing "even more draconian sentences" on offenders in a heartfelt tribute released on Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference following the event, Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said: "In amongst that horror, we witnessed the most extraordinary courage by members of the public as well as City of London, Met Police officers and emergency services".

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