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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 July, 2005, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Relatives visit four bomb scenes
People lay flowers at Edgware Rd tube
Some relatives asked to visit the scenes where their loved ones died
Families of the London bombing victims have visited the four places where their relatives died or were injured.

Four suicide bombers killed 52 others in a series of blasts on three Tube trains and one bus on 7 July.

More than 230 relatives and friends attended a briefing by police and a coroner about the investigation and identification process on Sunday.

Some then visited the attack scenes - Aldgate, Edgware Road and Russell Square stations and Tavistock Square.

Tears

Richard Deer, 28, visited Russell Square, near the spot where his girlfriend Karolina Gluck was killed.

Mr Deer and Ms Gluck's Polish relatives left flowers and signed a book of condolence.

I love you Karolina and know that you are still close
Message from Richard Deer to girlfriend Karolina Gluck

Alongside two tributes written by her family in Polish, he wrote: "I think about you all the time and I will never ever forget what we had.

"What we had was indescribable, so, so special. I love you Karolina and know that you are still close."

Visitors to Russell Square were unable to go down into the station because of ongoing police work.

The son of Mala Trivedi paid tribute to his late mother by wearing a rugby shirt bearing the name "Trivedi" on the back.

The families of childhood sweethearts Lee Harris, 30, and Samantha Badham, 36, hugged each other as they paid a silent farewell.

In Tavistock Square, relatives visited the place where the top of the number 30 bus was blown up, and went into the grounds of the British Medical Association to lay flowers and sign a book of condolence.

Crutches

At Aldgate, relatives took flowers into the station, which has been closed since a train was bombed on its way from Liverpool Street.

The four groups of relatives who visited Edgware Road station laid four bouquets of flowers, including lilies, gladioli and sunflowers, with personal messages and a photograph of one of the victims.

The briefings began at midday at the Family Assistance Centre, which has been set up near Victoria.

People have been upset but very emotional
Supt Annette Wightman
Met Police

On leaving, some people were in tears and others were still showing signs of their injuries from the terror attack.

One man had his right eye covered after being hit by shrapnel and another was on crutches.

Louise Barry, a 29-year-old Australian who now lives in London, was wearing a head brace because of injuries suffered on the No 30 bus in Tavistock Square.

The bombing left her with a broken vertebra in her neck and a punctured left thigh.

The briefings, which include opportunities for questions, were conducted by a senior investigating officer, a senior identification manager and the coroner.

'Mix of emotions'

Supt Annette Wightman, in charge of the Family Assistance Centre said this was an opportunity for the families to meet and question senior investigating officers.

Bomb relatives
Some relatives asked to visit the scenes where their loved ones died
"People have been upset but very emotional but the briefing was worthwhile and we hope the families have got something out of it.

"Some people did have concerns about the investigation and other people were positive and supportive, so it was a mix of emotions."

Seventy police family liaison officers who have been helping victims' relatives also attended.

As well as the bombers, 26 were killed on the Underground's Piccadilly Line between Russell Square and King's Cross stations, six at Edgware Road, seven at Aldgate and 13 on the number 30 bus at Tavistock Square.

Seven hundred people were injured.




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