Vice-Chancellor’s statement regarding London Bridge incident

2 December 2019

The University’s Office of External Affairs and Communications has released the following statement on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope:

"I was devastated to learn that among the victims of the London Bridge attack last Friday 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 course coordinator Jack Merritt and former student Saskia Jones were killed. Both were Cambridge graduates. Among the three people injured, whose identities have not been publicly disclosed, 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. We will be providing all the support we can to our colleagues, including counselling for staff and students who are affected by the event. We are grateful to the Metropolitan Police, to local emergency services, and to those members of the public – including students, staff, alumni and other participants at the event – who selflessly intervened to contain the incident. We are deeply grateful for the words of support and encouragement received over the weekend from around the world."

A vigil and a one minute silence for Jack and Saskia will be held today, 2 December at 11:00, outside the Cambridge Guildhall.

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