The London Bridge terrorists could have been targeting Oxford Street when they decided to divert on their way there, an inquest has heard.
Eight people were killed and 48 were injured when Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, launched their van and knife attack on June 3 2017.
The three men had mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before rampaging through Borough Market, the Old Bailey heard.
But the court was told a mobile phone was later found in their van with directions to London’s busy shopping district.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley said it was possible the attackers could have switched their attention to London Bridge “en route” from east London where they lived.
The hearing also heard how the terrorists used 12inch pink ceramic knives from Lidl during the attack.
Redouane was seen on CCTV being helped by a staff member as he bought the knives at a self-checkout till weeks before the attack.
He also went back to the store in the days before the incident to stock up on wine bottles for makeshift bombs.