Second Reading terror attack victim named as teacher's pal, 39

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Second Reading terror attack victim named as teacher's pal, 39

The second Reading terror victim has been named as the friend of a tragic teacher already confirmed dead in the heartbreaking incident.

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, who hailed from the US, was friends with James Furlong, the first victim to be named from the terror attack that unfolded on Saturday.

His dad Robert Ritchie, who lives in Philadelphia, told  CBS News:  “The family is heartbroken they have lost their brilliant and loving son. This was senseless.”

He lived in the United Kingdom for the past 15 years. His family still lives in Philadelphia.

It came as James Brokenshire told BBC Breakfast that there was no indication of a change to the UK’s threat level.

The Security Minister said: “The police have indicated they’re not looking for anyone else at the moment in terms of this particular incident and I think the point is we must allow them to get on with their investigation.

“This is very live, there are devices in terms of the phones and all those sorts of things, they’ll be interrogating, following through on the different statements, the searches that continue and it is absolutely right that they do follow it through in that way.”

Mr Brokenshire said he was unable to go into detail about the suspect and what was known about him due to the ongoing investigation.

He added: “What I would say is that the police and security services obviously deal with thousands of leads, that they have difficult challenges that they have in terms of prioritisation of resource, but I can assure that if there are lessons to be learned, there are policies that needs to be changed, if we need to do things differently, absolutely that is what we will do.”

When asked what type of terrorism currently poses the greatest threat, James Brokenshire told BBC Breakfast: “Threats obviously manifest themselves in a number of different ways.

“Over the last three years, the police and security services have disrupted, prevented, 25 attempted terrorist attacks.

“We’ve seen this, the shape has changed and this shift between the growth of right-wing terrorism as well as Islamist-related terrorism.

“We obviously do guard against what are called these lone-actor isolated individuals, some of the issues that relate there in terms of radicalisation.

“So I think it’s difficult to make generalities but we guard against all of these different types of risk and threats.”

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