Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Four dead and others ‘catastrophically’ injured after 4×4 mows down a dozen people on Westminster Bridge

Cops outside Parliament after an attacker stabbed a cop after storming the gates

The suspect lies on a stretcher outside Parliament with paramedics treating his injuries while armed cops stand guard
The suspect lies on a stretcher outside Parliament with paramedics treating his injuries while armed cops stand guard
Pictures of a man believed to be the suspect have emerged showing a blade lying on the cobbled street next to him.
The BBC earlier reported a second suspect was being hunted, but police have said they are satisfied there was only attacker.
A Met police spokesman warned Londoners to be wary of copycat attacks, saying it would be "foolish" to dismiss the event as "over".
They added: “We have lost one of our own as he acted to protect the public.
“This is a day we planned for but hoped would never happen. Sadly it is now a reality.”
The suspect was shot by police after stabbing a cop, with three officers injured in the attack.
Paramedics were seen tending to him as armed cops trained their rifles on his stripped body outside Parliament.
Other dramatic pictures show the bloodied bodies of victims littering Westminster bridge as heroic bystanders desperately try to save the lives of those "catastrophically" injured.
Among them were MP Tobias Ellwood who gave the police officer mouth-to-mouth. Ellwood's brother was killed in the Bali bombings in 2002.
The 50-year-old Foreign Office Minister and Conservative MP said: "It is a huge tragedy, it really is.
"I tried to stem the flow of blood and give mouth-to-mouth while waiting for the medics to arrive but I think he had lost too much blood.
"He had multiple wounds, under the arm and in the back."
One woman died after being flung under a bus on Westminster Bridge as the 4x4 ploughed through the crowds.
It is believed at least one more of the four fatalities were struck on the bridge.
Cops also confirmed at least 20 people were injured.
Another person was thrown into the River Thames and is currently being treated by paramedics with serious injuries.
Earlier reports suggested sounds of an explosion were heard but this has not been confirmed.

  • Reports of gunfire and man wielding a knife outside Parliament at 2.40pm
  • Police shoot suspect in Parliament grounds after police officer stabbed
  • Reports attacker mowed down up to a dozen people in 4x4 on Westminster Bridge
  • It is thought he careered along bridge ploughing to all in his path before hitting Parliament gates
  • Police treating the attack as a "terrorist incident until we know otherwise"
  • Dramatic pictures show bloodied bodies strewn across bridge and outside Parliament
  • Theresa May bundled into Jaguar by undercover cop and whisked to safety
  • Westminster on lockdown with station, bridge and roads shut for foreseeable future
  • Emergency services urge Londoners not to call 999 unless absolutely necessary

The Prime Minister was in the voting lobby at the time of the attack and was bundled into a silver Jaguar by an undercover cop and rushed from the scene.
Official sources have confirmed she is unharmed.
Eyewitnesses described the horror on Westminster Bridge with pedestrians being "knocked down like bowling pins".
Witness Rick Longley said: "We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.
"They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.
"A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.
"I have never seen anything like that. I just can't believe what I just saw."
An image from the scene shows two knives on the ground as paramedics treat a suspect
An image from the scene shows two knives on the ground as paramedics treat a suspect
A car has crashed into gates
A car crashed into gates outside Parliament after mowing down up to a dozen people on Westminster Bridge causing carnage in the capital
Emergency services rush to the aid of those critically injured in Parliament ground in the aftermath of the attack

Heavily armed police rushed to the scene, with the public warned to stay away from Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street

One woman is tended to by paramedics and cops after being injured on Westminster Bridge


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