London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck

After Butt's payment was declined, the trio of terrorists rented the smaller van that they used to plow into crowds before jumping out of the vehicle and going on a stabbing rampage that left eight people dead and nearly 50 injured.

The London Bridge attackers tried to hire a seven-and-a-half tonne lorry to carry out their attack, say police as two more people have been arrested in connection with the atrocity.

Police defended their decision to downgrade an inquiry in 2015 into Khuram Butt, 27, of Barking, east London, who is believed to have been the attack's ringleader.

There have been two more arrests by detectives investigating last weekends London Bridge attack.

Inside the van, they found 13 supposed Molotov cocktails - made from wine bottles and an apparent flammable liquid - and two blow torches, according to the news station.

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She said: "A Saturday night for London, a week after the bad attacks at London Bridge, is a chance for people to show the unity and resilience of this great city and the generosity of Londoners in getting out and raising money to help the survivors, the victims and their families".

Police also released images of the white Renault van, registration plate number HN66 TKX, used by the three men to carry out the attack. Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba have been named as the attackers, who were all shot dead. "People are absolutely determined to do everything they can to stop such an attack in the future".

The van travelled over the bridge twice before it was driven at speed at pedestrians. "Where might the attackers have bought them from?" the Met's counter-terrorism command chief Dean Haydon said, calling on the public to contact police if they had any information on the weapons.

Then they jumped out, stabbing people with ceramic knives tied to their wrists, killing five people.

"My observation is that in relation to the threat that we have been facing most recently and the attacks that have been successful and those that have been unsuccessful, the majority of them have a domestic focus if I can put it that way, a domestic centre of gravity". The man, known to authorities for possible terrorist radicalisation, was allegedly acting suspiciously. It could be that they had plans to take the attack into a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot themselves.

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The kitchen knives are branded Ernesto, police said.

The terrorists had also used cord to strap the knives to their hands to ensure they did not drop them as they attacked innocent bystanders.

British police announced the arrest of 28-year-old man on investigation of the terrorist attack on London bridge. "There is a possibility that they could have come back", Haydon said.

But Haydon said "there was no evidence uncovered of any attack-planning in relation to him". Police released 12 without charge, six remain in custody and one was released on bail.

Inspector Cole spotted a pub near Borough Market to use as a shelter and started ushering people to safety.

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She said: "I would suggest to people that London is one of the safest cities on the planet but of course we want you to be vigilant".

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