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Tributes paid to London Bridge terror attack victim whose body was found in Limehouse

PUBLISHED: 16:51 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:52 09 June 2017

The body of Xavier Thomas was found in the River Thames near Limehouse. Picture: MET POLICE

The body of Xavier Thomas was found in the River Thames near Limehouse. Picture: MET POLICE

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The family of the eighth London Bridge terror attack victim whose body was found near Limehouse have paid tribute to him.

The victims, clockwise from top left: Christine Archibald, 30, Kirsty Boden; 28, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, James McMullan, 32, Ignacio Echeverría Miralles de Imperial, 39, and Xavier Thomas, 45. Picture: MET POLICEThe victims, clockwise from top left: Christine Archibald, 30, Kirsty Boden; 28, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, James McMullan, 32, Ignacio Echeverría Miralles de Imperial, 39, and Xavier Thomas, 45. Picture: MET POLICE

Xavier Thomas, 45, was knocked into the River Thames after Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba, drove into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night.

They went on to stab several people in Borough Market before all three were shot dead by armed police.

The French national was visiting the capital with his partner Christine Delcros , 45, who was injured in the attack.

On Tuesday police recovered a body from the River Thames and today they have formally named Xavier as the eighth victim.

Paying tribute to her partner, Christine said: “I will cherish you intensively in my heart and that way our love will link us forever. You have been a father who did everything for his children and such a caring lover to me, that you could only be loved.”

His 24-year-old daughter Noémie added: “He was very faithful to people; many professional encounters have often developed into friendships.”

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