Former Bloxham pupil terror attack victim

02/12/2019

Bloxham School Community express shock and sadness after London Bridge attack

One of the victims of the London Bridge terror attack was a former pupil of Bloxham School.   Saskia Jones, 23, studied at the school before gaining a place at the University of Cambridge.

Today a vigil has been held to pay tribute to Miss Jones and fellow former Cambridge student Jack Merritt, 25, who were fatally stabbed by 28-year-old convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event they were both supporting.

Bloxham School has today paid it’s own tribute saying:

“The Bloxham School community is deeply shocked and saddened to learn that former pupil Saskia Jones was tragically killed in Friday’s London Bridge attack.

“Saskia was a much loved member of our community and will be remembered fondly for her generosity, kindness of spirit and commitment to serving others.   Saskia will be greatly missed and we will carry with us the burden of her loss.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Saskia’s family and loved ones at this very difficult time”.

Usman Khan, 28, was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he launched the attack, which injured three others, after he was invited to the prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday afternoon.  The event was organised by Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology.

The attack has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison.

Miss Jones, a volunteer with Learning Together from Stratford-upon-Avon, was described as having a “great passion” for providing support to victims of crime by her family.   In a statement, they said: “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.”

No-one else is being sought over the attack.


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