The victims of the London Bridge terror attacks were honoured at vigils in London and Cambridge today.

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan on Friday.

The jihadi attacker began his lethal knife assault at Fishmongers’ Hall, near Monument Station, during a prisoner rehabilitation conference.

Mr Merritt and Ms Jones, both Cambridge University graduates, were among academics, charity workers and former offenders attending the Learning Together event.

Their attacker was later shot dead by police on London Bridge, after members of the public stopped and disarmed him.

Today, hundreds of people gathered outside the City of London’s Guildhall and in Cambridge to remember the two young people who lost their lives.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan are among those at the vigil in the capital.

Christian and Muslim faith leaders brought the crowd together in a two minute silence to commemorate the victims of the attack.

Speaking at the vigil, the Mayor of London honoured “the innocent lives lost as a result of the horrific terrorist attack this Friday”.

He said: “The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but by focusing on the values that bind us.

“To take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and emergency services who ran towards danger, risking their lives to help people they didn’t even know.

“And it’s also by drawing inspiration from the lives of Jack and Saskia who from an early age chose to dedicate themselves to helping others.

“So yes, we come together this morning in condolences but also in a spirit of defiance, to say that London will never be cowed or intimidated by terrorism.

“And also to commit to honouring the memory of Saskia and Jack by dedicating our future to one defined not by hatred but one defined by hope, by unity, and by love.”

London Assembly chair Jennette Arnold told the Local Democracy Service that Mr Merritt and Ms Jones “represent the best of us”.

She said: “These were two young people, our hero and heroine, that were working towards rehabilitation. and focused on seeing the best in people.

“What they found was danger and death.

“You can only then be silenced and think about the grief and loss that their family and friends must be feeling.

“Today is about remembering, honouring, mourning, and putting these two young people at the forefront of our minds.”

She added: “Terrorists must never see this as weakness. In our unity there is such great strength.”