A BBC news broadcaster became visibly emotional while reporting on the inquest into the 2019 Fishmongers’ Hall terrorist attack today (May 28).
Newsreader Jane Hill was almost in tears as she read out a statement during her report.
The 51-year-old presenter had to pause several times during the segment to compose herself as she presented an update on the case.
Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were fatally stabbed by Usman Khan at a Learning Together offender education alumni event on November 29, 2019.
Khan, 28, who wore a fake bomb vest, was tackled by delegates armed with a narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher, and driven out on to London Bridge where he was shot dead by police.
Today, an inquest jury concluded that Saskia and Jack were “unlawfully killed” and that failures by authorities contributed to the graduates’ deaths.
The jury at the Guildhall criticised agencies involved in the management of attacker Khan, saying there was “unacceptable management, a lack of accountability and deficiencies in management by Mappa (multi-agency public protection arrangements)”.
The jury found that those involved with Khan had been blinded by his “poster-boy image” for the Learning Together programme.
They added that there had been “missed opportunities for those with expertise and experience to give guidance” in the management of Khan.
The jury also criticised the planning for the Learning Together event at Fishmongers’ Hall, saying there had been a “lack of communication and accountability”.
They added there had been “inadequate consideration of key guidance between parties, serious deficiencies in management of Khan by Mappa”.
The jury added there had been a “failure to complete event-specific risk assessment by any party.”
The forewoman read a short statement on behalf of the jury addressing the victims’ families.
She said: “The jury would like to send their heartfelt condolences to the families of Saskia and Jack, and to all who love and miss these two wonderful young people.
“They clearly touched the lives of so many, ours included.
“We wanted to convey to the families how seriously we have taken our collective responsibility. How important this is to us, how much their children matter.”
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She continued: “We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the astonishing individuals who put themselves in real danger to help, and our incredible emergency services for their response both that day and every day.
“Once again to the families, we are so incredibly sorry.
“The world lost two bright stars that dreadful day.”