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Parliament shooting: Police warn Londoners to avoid swathe of Westminster after terror attack

Londoners were told to stay away from a swathe of central London after a terror attack in Westminster today.

Medical crews were seen treating patients on Westminster Bridge after a 4x4 vehicle mowed down pedestrians and a police officer was stabbed near Parliament.

At least four shots were reportedly heard after the vehicle ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. A police officer was then stabbed.

The Met warned Londoners to avoid Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed the attack was being treated as “a terrorist incident until we know otherwise”.

The Prime Minister, who had been in PMQs, was in the division lobby when she was alerted and bundled into a car.

Members of the Met Police’s new heavily armed SAS-style counter terrorism unit were deployed to the scene with automatic weapons.

The sitting of the House of Commons was suspended and MPs were told to stay in their chambers.

A number of people reported seeing a man with a knife in a confrontation with police before shots were heard.

Scotland Yard confirmed it was dealing with a “firearms incident” and said officers were called at 2.40pm.

Alan Parry, a Sky Sports presenter who was at the scene, said he heard an “almighty crash” and saw a 4x4 crashed into the railings outside Parliament with smoke coming from the bonnet.

He said: “The guy who was the driver of the 4x4 got out of the car and sprinted away from the scene. That was followed by what sounded like gun shots and all hell was let loose, police descended everywhere.”

The London Ambulance Service also confirmed it was responding to the incident but could not immediately provide further information.

MPs and journalists were told to stay in their offices as the incident unfolded in the street outside. Parliamentary business was suspended.

“Then I walked in as police officers and security start rushing out of the front doors on to the street.

"When I got inside I was wondering what the hell was going on and I saw dozens of panicked people running down the street. The first stream was around 30 people and the second stream was 70 people.

"It looked like they were running for their lives.”

Alistair Bunkall described the scene on Westminster Bridge as he stood at Waterloo station.

“I’ve counted at least 15 ambulances or paramedic vehicles. There are a number of unmarked police cars here. Police are putting up cordens. There are paramedics walking up to Westminster Bridge.

“Two ambulances have just left with their sirens perhaps heading to St Thomas’ hospital.”

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Holy shit if you guys have seen the news about the London attack I was in one of the caution areas last week

I mean this is horrible in general but it’s freaky to think if I’d been there a week later I’d have been effected

I’m not from London myself but if any followers are please stay safe! Parliament is still on lockdown so please stay away from that area

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I went to London a long time ago. I first felt like I’d arrived in the London of my expectations when we rounded a corner and there were Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament—lacy and fragile and sparkly and shimmery. We walked along the now tragic street near Parliament and saw a bride crossing the street in a dress that swung like a pendulum. People smiled and yelled good wishes to her and her groom. An older couple dressed in their finery waited at a light; he called her darling. We rounded a corner and bought pasties for a snack. 

I thought their ambulances were unexpectedly colorfully toy-like, but, after yesterday, I no longer do.

Today.

I woke up this morning, went to work, treated myself to a nice lunch and thought about what I was going to do later. I was going to post a new chapter of ‘Lockdown’ and my friends would come over. All in all I thought it was going to be a good day. 

Then the terror attack in Westminster happened. I was listening to the radio when a news bulletin was announced about sounds of gun fire near parliament. I checked BBC news and saw reports of a stabbing of a police officer and it all sunk in. 

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anonymous asked:

OMG attack in London? What happened? What's going on??

Terror attack in Westminster - I haven’t seen the news for a few hours because I’m at work but basically someone mowed down a bunch of pedestrians near the Houses of Parliament, people have been shot, a policeman was stabbed, at least one woman is dead, people are injured….

Terrifying shit is going on.

One dead, "catastrophic" injuries after UK parliament attack -PA

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) - One woman has died and other people are being treated for “catastrophic” injuries after an attack near parliament on Wednesday, British news agency Press Association reported, citing a junior doctor at a central London hospital.

Reuters reporters inside parliament heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament, in what police said they are treating as a terrorist incident.

(Reporting by Kate Holton, writing by David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison)

I was there

Chilling to watch footage on CNN in London about the gun shots and violence near Parliament House. I was on the Westminster Bridge - that exact spot- less than 5 days ago…

anonymous asked:

hey! heard something was happening in uk/london and wanted to make sure everything was okay? sending hugs your way!

Hey, anon! Yeah, something’s happened near Westminster/Parliament. I’m all good - I work in West London and live East, so I’m nowhere near central (well, until I commute home later). Thanks for the concern and the hugs though! ❤❤

Compilation: Deadly 'Terrorist Incident' Near Houses of Parliament in London

Police responded to reports of an officer stabbed at the Houses of Parliament in London on March 22. At least four people were killed as a result of the “terror attack,” police confirmed in a press conference, including the alleged attacker.

Twenty people were injured, police said. The police responded to reports of a security incident when a vehicle drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. A police officer was also stabbed near the Houses of Parliament.

The events were being treated as a terrorist attack by police and the parliament building was placed on lockdown.

This video is a compilation of clips from the day’s events at the House of Parliament and its environs. Credit: Various Sources via Storyful

Two boys pull wheelies on their bicycles on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in London on January 17, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday said for the first time that Britain would leave the EU’s single market and seek a new customs deal with the bloc but the precise timings and terms of departure are uncertain as negotiations have yet to begin.
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At Least 5 People Killed in London Attack Near U.K. Parliament

Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament.

The dead, in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack,” included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The other three victims were among those hit by the car as it sped across Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament.

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as “sick and depraved.”

“The location of this attack was no accident,” she said in a statement outside her 10 Downing Street office late in the evening.

“The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.”

Any attempt to defeat those values through violence was “doomed to failure,” May said.

Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters the attack started when a car was driven over Westminster Bridge, hitting and injuring members of the public and three police officers.

“A car then crashed near to parliament and at least one man, armed with a knife, continued the attack and tried to enter parliament,” Rowley said.

He said the police’s “fast-paced investigation” was working on the assumption that the attack was “Islamist-related terrorism.” Police believed they knew the identity of the attacker but would not provide details at this stage, he said.

It was the deadliest attack in London since four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the city’s transport system in July 2005, in Londons worst peacetime attack.

It took place on the first anniversary of attacks by Islamist militants that killed 32 people in Brussels.

Reuters reporters inside parliament during Wednesday’s attack heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards saw the knifeman and the stabbed policeman lying on the ground in a courtyard within the gates of parliament.

The dead police officer was identified as Keith Palmer, 48, with 15 years of service.

LAWMAKERS CAUGHT UP IN CHAOS

A Reuters photographer saw at least a dozen people injured on the bridge. His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one under a bus.

A woman was pulled alive, but with serious injuries, from the Thames, the Port of London Authority said. The circumstances of her fall into the river were unknown.

Three French schoolchildren aged 15 or 16 were among those injured in the attack, French officials said.

Several members of parliament (MPs) and senior officials were caught up in the chaos. Tobias Ellwood, a junior Foreign Office minister, was pictured attempting to resuscitate a man lying unconscious, reported to be the stabbed policeman.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there would be additional police officers on the city streets to keep Londoners and visitors safe.

“We stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism,” he said.

Parliament’s lower House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside the building for several hours.

May said parliament would convene as normal on Thursday in a sign that the attack would not disrupt life in the capital.

However, a visit by Queen Elizabeth to officially open the new headquarters of Londons police force, which had been planned for Thursday, was postponed “in light of today’s events,” Buckingham Palace said.

In a telephone call with May, President Donald Trump offered Britain the full cooperation and support of the United States, the White House said. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned the attack as “horrific acts of violence.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg were among foreign leaders who expressed shock and solidarity.

“NO SIGNS OF LIFE”

Eyewitnesses described scenes of panic during the attack.

“I just saw a car go out of control and just go into pedestrians on the bridge,” said Bernadette Kerrigan, who had been on a tour bus on the bridge, in an interview with Sky News.

“As we were going across the bridge, we saw people lying on the floor, they were obviously injured. I saw about 10 people maybe. And then the emergency services started to arrive. Everyone was just running everywhere.”

Former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who witnessed the attack from a taxi as he crossed the bridge, said he saw five victims and made a video of the scene.

“I heard something that sounded like a small car crash. Then I looked out of the window and saw that there was one person lying on the asphalt,” he told Reuters.

“I did not see the face of the person lying on the asphalt, but the person was not moving, it was not showing any signs of life. One of the men I saw, his head was bleeding very badly. But the person I filmed - no, that person was not showing any signs of life.”

Journalist Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail newspaper told LBC radio that he had witnessed the stabbing of the policeman and the shooting of the assailant from his office in the parliament building.

“He (the assailant) ran in through the open gates He set about one of the policemen with what looked like a stick,” Letts said.

“The policeman fell over on the ground and it was quite horrible to watch and then having done that, he disengaged and ran towards the House of Commons entrance used by MPs and got about 20 yards or so when two plain-clothed guys with guns shot him.”

In Edinburgh, the Scottish parliament suspended a planned debate and vote on independence as the news from London came in.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

The most recent deadly attack in London to be treated as a terrorist incident was in May 2013, when two British Islamists stabbed to death soldier Lee Rigby on a street.

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London attack: Travel disruption continues amid police investigation

Westminster Tube station remained partially closed on Thursday morning while police continued to investigate the terror attack that struck the heart of London.

The station was off limits for entry and exit, but commuters could interchange between Jubilee, Circle and District lines.

Buses in the area also continued to be disrupted throughout the morning in the wake of the attack that left at least four people dead near the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

A man mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before knifing a policeman who was guarding Westminster Palace as part of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

Westminster Bridge remained closed on Thursday, and all entries to Parliament Square were closed off to traffic.

The killer, who was shot by an officer after he entered into Parliament’s gates, is confirmed to be amongst the dead.

Scotland Yard confirmed the stabbed 48-year-old officer Keith Palmer was one of five killed in the attack, with a further 40 people injured, including three police officers.

Spanish teacher Aysha Frade, 43, was also killed as she made her way to pick up her two children from school.

Parliament will reconvene on Thursday as MPs attempt to go about their daily duties less than 24 hours after the attack.

The sitting of the House of Commons was suspended after gunshots were heard, and MPs were told to stay in their chambers.

Members of the Met’s armed counter terror unit were deployed to Parliament and a swathe of the area was placed on lockdown.

The Prime Minister, in a speech given outside Downing Street last night, said Parliament would “meet as normal” on Thursday, and that Londoners “will get up and go about their day as normal.”