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Prevent officers tasked with monitoring the man who killed two people in the Fishmongers Hall attack had “no specific training” in handling terrorists, a court has heard.

Convicted terrorist Usman Khan fatally stabbed Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones at a prisoner rehabilitation event on 29 November.

He injured two others before he was shot dead by police on London Bridge.

A pre-inquest review hearing was held at the Old Bailey on Friday morning.

The full inquest into the deaths of Mr. Merritt and Ms. Jones is expected to take place next April – and one for Khan will follow after.

Nick Armstrong, a lawyer for Mr. Merritt’s family, suggested there was already evidence of a “systemic problem”. Fishmongers Hall

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He said officers in Staffordshire who were handling Khan had said they had “received no specific training in dealing with terrorist offenders”.’No bag check’ Henry Pitchers QC, for Ms. Jones’s family, said the question was not whether Prevent or probation knew there was a risk but whether they “should have had an inkling”.Khan was “assessed as the highest level of risk” when he was allowed to leave prison – less than a year before the attack – and “had 22 license conditions attach to his release,” Mr. Pitchers told the court. He said the last visit by police officers to Khan’s home in Stafford was two weeks before the attack. The flat was dark, and Khan opposed the officers photographing his Xbox and asked them to leave, which they did. But this does not appear to have raised suspicions, Mr. Pitchers said. He also raised the issue of security at the Learning Together event where the attack took place.” There was no security check at the door,” he said. “Not even a rudimentary bag check.” At the pre-inquest review Jude Bunting, representing Khan’s mother Parveen Begum, said: “Mrs. Begum and her family were deeply shocked by the events.