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Chief Coroner to outline London Bridge and Borough Market terror inquests

Mark Lucraft QC is expected to give initial directions to pave the way for a ‘rigorous and thorough’ investigation.

The chief coroner for England and Wales will hold a pre-inquest hearing later into the deaths from the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.

Eight people were killed when three men ploughed into pedestrians in a white van on the bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby market with 12-inch ceramic knives on June 3 last year.

The victims were: Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, and Frenchmen Xavier Thomas, 45, and Alexandre Pigeard, 26, as well as Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39.

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Top row left to right, Canadian Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, French chef Sebastien Belanger, bottom row left to right, Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, Australian Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverria (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The attackers, Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, were shot and killed by police at the scene.

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From left, Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Coroner Mark Lucraft QC is expected to give initial directions to pave the way for a “rigorous and thorough” investigation during the hearing at the Old Bailey.

He is responsible for the inquests into the deaths of the eight victims as well as those of the terrorists.

The coroner is being assisted by Jonathan Hough QC and Aaron Moss as counsel to the London Bridge and Borough Market Inquests.

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