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Second victim was a former Cambridge student

Vice-chancellor Stephen J Toope says he was devastated to learn ex-student died in London Bridge attack

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A woman killed in the London Bridge attack was a former Cambridge student, the university has said.

In a statement, Prof Stephen J Toope, the vice-chancellor of the university, said: “I am devastated to learn that among the victims of the London Bridge attack were staff and alumni of the University of Cambridge, taking part in an event to mark five years of the Learning Together programme.

“What should have been a joyous opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this unique and socially transformative programme, hosted by our Institute of Criminology, was instead disrupted by an unspeakable criminal act.

“I am sad beyond words to report that a course coordinator, Jack Merritt, was killed, as was a former student not yet named by the Metropolitan police. 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. Our condolences, our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families.”

Meanwhile the NHS said one of the people injured in the attack has been allowed to return home and two others remain in a stable condition.

Dr Vin Diwakar, the medical director for the NHS in London, paid tribute to staff from both hospital and ambulance services. “Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those who sadly lost their lives,” he said.

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

“While the NHS is now dealing with immediate physical injuries, the psychological impact of such events sometimes only comes to light in the days and weeks afterwards.”

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