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Family pay tribute to ‘brilliant, caring’ woman killed in terror attack

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Ms Jones was killed alongside 25-year-old Jack Merritt by Usman Khan during an event at Fishmongers’ Hall in central London last month.

The family of Saskia Jones have said they are “devastated” by her death in the London Bridge terror attack.

Ms Jones was killed alongside 25-year-old Jack Merritt by Usman Khan during an event at Fishmongers’ Hall in central London last month.

Describing the 23-year-old as “a brilliant, caring daughter, grand-daughter, niece, cousin, friend and colleague”, they said in a statement: “We would like to thank all those who have expressed their condolences over the past week, since the events of Friday 29 November.

“We are very grateful for the huge number of messages of support we have received from family, friends and strangers alike.

“Their thoughts are very much appreciated.

“It has been made very clear that Saskia is held in the highest esteem by many people and that she had touched so many lives in a short time.”

Both Ms Jones and Mr Merritt were involved with Learning Together, a prison rehabilitation charity, which was hosting the event at Fishmongers’ Hall on November 29.

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Incident on London Bridge
Jack Merritt, 25, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, and Saskia Jones, 23, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (Met Police/PA)

“Jack believed in the inherent goodness of humanity, and felt a deep social responsibility to protect that.”

On Monday, Mr Merritt’s father accused the Prime Minister of using his son’s death to score political points.

He told Sky News: “Where most of us were watching this and seeing a tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes.

“Instead of seeing a tragedy Boris Johnson saw an opportunity and he went on the offensive.”

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