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This previously unpublished picture shows London Bridge soon after the attacker was shot – with the bus on the right that was hit

A ricochet from a police bullet could have passed through the entire top deck of a bus during the London Bridge terror attack, pictures reveal.

The police have suggested a ricochet could have hit the bus, stopped near to where attacker Usman Khan was shot.

And a picture given to BBC News by a man on the bus directly behind shows a round hole and a shattered back window.

But a closer examination of other photos from the bridge reveals a hole in the front window of the bus as well.

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The front window of the bus appears to have been hit – with a forensic examination taking place

The man, who does not want to be named, believes the bus he was on was also clipped.

He was at the front of the upper deck when he saw, heard and felt the impact of the back window of the bus in front shattering, and immediately dived to the floor.

“We are talking about a split-second of noise,” he said.

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The picture given to BBC News by the man on the bus directly behind shows a round hole and a shattered back window

“In no more than a half-a-second I was on the floor.”

Armed officers shot Khan after he had been tackled by members of the public using improvised weapons including fire extinguishers and a narwhal tusk.

Khan had been chased from nearby Fishmongers’ Hall, after a knife attack in which he had killed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who had been working at a prison rehabilitation event at the hall.

Dr Rachel Bolton-King, associate professor of forensic science at Staffordshire University agreed the ricocheted bullet could have passed “through one window, through the length of the bus and out the window at the opposite end of the bus”.

“Ricochet bullets are often unstable once they have hit their first target surface,” she said.

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A close-up shows the hole in the front window of the bus, along with the reflections of nearby buildings

They could continue “nose on” in the normal direction of flight but could also be deflected sideways or into other angles.

And investigators would be able to find the direction of travel by examining the front and back surfaces of the window.

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Forensic investigators examined the damaged bus

Philip Boyce, of forensic services company Forensic Equity, said the bullet could have entered through the front window and glanced off the ceiling of the bus before going out through the back.

Ricochets could carry for hundreds of yards, depending on the surfaces they hit but well within the distance between the bus and the site of Khan’s shooting, he said.

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And their path could be altered by what they hit or passed through, such as laminated or toughened glass.

An inquest opened last week and the Independent Office for Police Conduct is carrying out an investigation.

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