'The families of the London Bridge victims criticised the authorities on Friday after a coroner cleared MI5 and police of failing to prevent the terror attack despite having the ringleader under investigation.
After more than seven weeks of harrowing evidence, the inquests into the deaths of the eight victims of the June 2017 attack came to an end with the conclusion that they had been unlawfully killed.
Chief coroner of England and Wales, Mark Lucraft QC, criticised the failure to erect protective barriers on the bridge to thwart a vehicle attack three months after an attack on Westminster Bridge. But he said that he was “not persuaded” that the authorities missed clues that could have helped thwart the atrocity.
After hearing his conclusions, family members took to the steps of the court to insist that they believed MI5 and police had fallen short in their duties.
Ringleader Khuram Butt, 27, had been investigated by MI5 since 2015 over concerns he wanted to stage an attack. The three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing people with 12-inch knives in a 10-minute rampage that scars the families to this day.
Philippe Pigeard, 51, whose son Alexandre was stabbed to death, told the Guardian: “Despite the warnings, the direct warnings, with calls from relatives of Butt, they did not put more pressure on the guy … Many of Butt’s actions are unknown by the investigators, even though they were supposed to have him under investigation.'
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