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London Remembers Bridge Attack Victims

Britain has remembered victims of the London Bridge terror attack with a minute's silence.

A memorial event was held near the scene one year on from the atrocity that killed eight innocent people, with friends and families laying flowers as the names of the dead were read aloud.

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Among them were two Australian women, Sara Zelenak, 21, from Brisbane, and Kirsty Boden, 28, a nurse from Loxton, South Australia.

Hundreds, including Prime Minister Theresa May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, lined streets around Southwark Needle as grieving families hugged and wiped away tears following a service at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday.

The moment marked one year since three jihadists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby Borough Market with 12-inch ceramic knives.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, who wore fake suicide vests, were shot dead by police just eight minutes after the first emergency call.

A doctor who tended to victims remembered a "colourful" colleague killed in the rampage, saying the anniversary was particularly emotional as he had seen her at work that day.

Consultant John Chatterjee, who works at Guy's Hospital, paid tribute to Ms Boden, saying: "She was always very colourful, very, very professional and really good at her job.

"I remember seeing her that morning but I didn't get a chance to speak to her. I only found out what happened the following morning.

"Today has been a challenging time for me personally."

Many emergency service staff were in attendance, including British Transport Police officer Wayne Marques, who suffered major injuries after fighting off the terrorists with only his baton.

Dignitaries including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Home Secretary Sajid Javid were invited to lay flowers alongside people injured in the attacks.

A service of commemoration was held at the cathedral earlier on Sunday, with family members lighting candles in memory of loved ones who died.

Following the service an olive tree - known as the Tree of Healing - was planted in the cathedral grounds using compost from flowers left on the bridge after the murders last year.

Ahead of the day's commemorative events, the Prime Minister recalled "stories of courage" which emerged from the attack.

Mrs May said: "The many stories of courage demonstrated that night will always stay with me - such as Ignacio Echeverria, who died after confronting the terrorists with the only thing he had, his skateboard, and Geoff Ho, who spent almost two weeks in hospital after being stabbed in the neck as he shielded his friends."

Those killed in the attack included Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, Frenchmen Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36 and Xavier Thomas, 45, and Spaniard Mr Echeverria, 39.

AAP

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