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Missing French tourist may have been knocked into Thames by terror van

Xavier Thomas
Xavier Thomas

A French tourist missing since the London Bridge attack might have been knocked into the River Thames by the terrorists' speeding van, police believe.

Xavier Thomas, 45, was crossing the bridge with his girlfriend Christine Delcros on Saturday night when he was possibly run down at the start of the murderous trio's rampage.

While Ms Delcros remains seriously injured, the fate of her partner is unknown, the Metropolitan Police said.

The couple had been visiting the capital for the weekend.

In a statement, the force said: "Witness accounts suggest that it is possible that Xavier was struck by the van that resulted in him being thrown into the River Thames."

The river's murky waters are being trawled by specialist officers from the Marine Policing Unit and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), it added.

Anyone who has seen Mr Thomas since June 3 or was present on the bridge at the time is asked to ring police on 0800 0961 233.

Family and friends of the couple have also launched an online appeal for information about Mr Thomas's whereabouts.