Wednesday 17 January 2018

Body of eighth terror attack victim found in Thames

Xavier Thomas
Xavier Thomas

The body of an eighth victim of the London Bridge terror attack was discovered in the Thames, one and a half miles downstream from where he had been thrown into the water, police said yesterday.

The man, believed to be French national Xavier Thomas (45) was found by specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police's Marine Police Unit who have been scouring the river since Saturday night.

Just minutes before the body was recovered, police had issued an appeal to find Mr Thomas, whose girlfriend Christine Delcros was badly injured in the attack when the terrorists' van smashed into pedestrians on London Bridge.

It is thought Mr Thomas was thrown into the river when he was also hit by the van.

Friends and family made a desperate search for him, taking pictures to hospitals and police stations, but staff said none of the dead or injured matched his description.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Mr Thomas's next of kin have been informed of this development."

The other two French victims were named as waiter Alexandre Pigeard (27) and chef Sebastien Belanger (36).

Spanish lawyer Ignacio Echeverria, 39, was also finally confirmed as dead.

Mr Echeverria, who worked in fraud prevention at HSBC, tried to tackle attackers at Borough Market, swinging at them with his skateboard.

Irish Independent

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