United Kingdom police seeking missing attack victim find body in river

In a separate investigation, counter-terror police made a series of arrests in Ilford, east London, on Wednesday night in connection with the London Bridge atrocity.

Police said earlier that witness accounts suggested he might have been thrown into the river.

Thomas, a French tourist to Britain, was found on Tuesday night in the water near Limehouse, East London by the Metropolitan Police, a spokesman for the police said Wednesday.

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

"Echeverría, who is from Madrid but lives in London and works for HSBC, has been hailed as a hero for apparently using his skateboard to take on the London Bridge attackers".

So far four of those killed in the attack have been named as Australian Kirsty Boden, Canadian national Chrissy Archibald, James McMullan, from Hackney, and French national Alexandre Pigeard.

His girlfriend, who was hit by the vehicle, is seriously injured in hospital.

Zaghba, 22, was allowed into the United Kingdom when he arrived at London's Stansted airport from Bologna in January even though he was on an European Union watch list, the BBC reported on Wednesday. A 27-year-old was detained on terrorism charges while the second, 33, was arrested on drugs charges.

The authorities have said Butt was known to police and the domestic security service MI5 but there was no intelligence that an attack was being planned.

He added: "We are paying a heavy cost in these attacks".

The youngest of the attackers, an Italian national of Moroccan descent, he was allowed to enter the United Kingdom and had been living in east London.

Closed circuit TV footage, which appeared online and in British media, showed the attackers - Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba - cornering a victim and starting to stab him before police are seen arriving and opening fire.

The perpetrators drove a rental van into pedestrians on the bridge, then began attacking people with knives.

  • Salvatore Jensen