22/03/2017 London News


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More now on the terrorist attack at Westminster.

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Ever since 7/7, Londoners have been aware that the capital city will

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Tonight as another difficult day draws to a close,

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the reality of that threat has been brought home again with an attack

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And as this footage shows, the attack began with a car

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driving along the pavement on Westminster Bridge.

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Numerous people were mowed down - one woman fatally -

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She was later pulled out alive, but is tonight

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Tonight, there is extra security on London's transport system

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and armed police remain on the streets.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake is at New Scotland Yard -

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Yes, this is the day that London was preparing for, but hoping it would

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never see. We knew that our city was a prime target for those who would

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do us ill, but today someone was able to get through and strike with

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fatal consequences. Tonight, Scotland Yard is at the heart of the

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investigation for a number of reasons. First of all, the

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Metropolitan Police is in mourning. It has lost one of its own and

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tonight, it has been announced that Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old officer

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who had been with the Metro 15 years, was the unarmed officer who

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was killed today. He was a father and husband. We are now seeing the

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Met's counterterrorism operation in full swing but for Londoners, there

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will be consequences. Lots of Westminster is still remains in

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lockdown. Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge,

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Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street, Victoria embankment are all places

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which are tonight closed down or stop I mentioned the bridge to my

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right, the scene of one of the horrific events today. Our reporter

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Louisa Preston has been talking to someone who witnessed what happened.

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I heard a scream and to my left, there was a car driving down the

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road quite quickly. Then it careered into some pedestrians. It looked

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like it ran through a red light and went into a bunch of pedestrians.

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Three of them went flying into the air. It knocked them down like

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skittles. Then he carried on going down the road about 100 yards, and

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then he turned left into the House of Commons, tried to crash into it.

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I was stunned. I went over to whether people had been hit, and

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there was a lady quite... She was unconscious. There was a man in a

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lot of pain and screaming, a bit of blood. And there was another lady

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who had her legs broken. I was just holding her hand for a while until

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the police and the ambulance came. The people on the ground were badly

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hurt. It was shocking. And you sat with the lady for quite a while.

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What were you saying to her? She was badly concussed, so she kept asking

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what had happened. She was convinced that it was her fault. She thought

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she had crossed the road on a red light or something. But obviously, I

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realised, because my light was green and I was crossing the road, so it

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meant the guy had gone through a red light. So I was trying to calm her

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down and she was screaming in pain because her leg was broken. The

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police and paramedics were running past her and I kept trying to signal

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them to give her some first aid and stuff, but they had done a triage on

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her and decided she wasn't one of the worst ones, so she had to sit

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there for a good 20 minutes while they were running around. There were

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loads of paramedics, but they were attending to other people, so it

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took them quite a while to get to know.

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We were always told another terrorist attack here

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in London wasn't a matter of if, but when.

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So keeping London safe has long been a key priority for the Mayor.

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Let's cross now to our political editor Tim Donovan, who's

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Even if you thought all feared it was going to happen, the challenge

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is now how to respond to it. The mayor has said his heart goes out to

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the loved ones of those who died or were injured on that bridge, random

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and in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has talked about the loss

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of a police officer doing his job. And there has been the need for

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reassurance. He posted a video he recorded here at City Hall on social

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media today. Londoners should be aware.

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Londoners should be aware that there will be additional armed

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and unarmed police officers on our streets from tonight in order

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to keep Londoners and all those visiting our city safe.

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I want to reassure all Londoners and all our visitors not to be alarmed.

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Our city remains one of the safest in the world.

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London is the greatest city in the world, and we stand together

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in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy

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Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.

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That refrain we had heard a lot. It was a question of when and not if,

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designed in itself to be reassuring because it had a kind of solemn

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realism about it. We are not going to give you false security and we

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want you to be vigilant. It was based on intelligence not of an

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imminent attack, but based on what had happened in Western Europe.

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London was prepared, or said it was, as Karl Mercer reports.

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Just four days into his new job as mayor and Sadiq Khan,

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like other city leaders before him, was seeing how the Met Police train

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Since August 2014, the capital, and the country, have been

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on the second highest terror alert, an alert warning that

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He asked Lord Harris to conduct a review of how well London was

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prepared for an attack. We spoke to him tonight. Having looked at this

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in detail only a few months ago, the reality is that this was something

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that clearly, we had to expect in some form. I am pleased that it

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looks as though all the emergency and contingency plans seem to have

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clicked into place in the way you would expect.

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Among his recommendations, that more bollards are put outside

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public buildings like the ones installed outside Parliament back

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in 2005, but also a recommendation of more armed response officers

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In August last year, the Met announced it was recruiting

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a further 600 armed officers to deal with the threat.

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This is not giving every police officer in Britain a gun.

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It's not giving everybody even in the Met a gun.

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A controversial show of force for the announcement, perhaps,

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but it appears this unit may have been deployed today,

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the van they are in front of here clearly visible

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on Westminster Bridge after the attack this afternoon.

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London, of course, has been on high alert since the events of 7/7,

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when 52 innocent people were killed after terrorist attacks

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As the terror threat has developed, so have the warnings from senior

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If you hear gunshots, the best option is to evacuate.

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Two years ago, this video, warning people how to behave

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if there was a terrorist attack at work, was put out by police.

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I think anyone seeing the intelligence we're seeing

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The reach of people overseas trying to influence people in the UK

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They've warned that it was a matter of when, not if,

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Today, it appears they've been proved right.

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There was a meeting of course this evening of the committee Cobra,

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which meets in circumstances like this. After it, the Prime Minister,

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who chaired the meeting, talked of the need for resilience and

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normality. Tomorrow morning, Parliament to meet as normal. We

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will come together as normal. And Londoners and others from around the

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world who have come here to visit this great city will get up and go

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about their day as normal. They will board their trains. They will leave

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their hotels, they will walk the streets. They will live their lives.

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And we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror

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and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.

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Today, we know we have lost a police officer named as Keith Palmer. A

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picture has been released of him fairly recently. We are told he is a

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48-year-old father and husband. We know little more about him at this

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stage. This was something that people were not expecting, even if

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they said that it was something that was to be expected. While there may

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have been a defiance about this attacker or silent attacking at the

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heart of democracy, it might be difficult to find reassurance and

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that, given that it has been the most heavily armed, one of the most

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heavily armed parts of central London. Many questions will follow

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over the next days and months. We will of course have more updates

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and reaction to today's events from our breakfast bulletins

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from 6.30 in the morning. Let's cross now to Jay Wynne,

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with a look at the weather. It may be a slow start of the day

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tomorrow, but things should gradually brighten up. We will see

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sunshine getting through from the late morning onwards. Overnight

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tonight, it is on the wet side, rain coming from the West - sorry, from

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the east. By the end of the night, the brain is becoming lighter and

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more patchy and it is rather chilly. It may start damp for some, but it

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will brighten up as we get into the afternoon and we should see

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temperatures peaking at around 12, 13 or 14 degrees. Friday should be a

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decent day. Saturday could be a much better day, with some sunshine.

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It certainly was a pretty wet day across parts of the country, lots of

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downpours around. This is a picture from Kent, not particularly nice. We

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still have some rain on the way for tonight. Tomorrow morning, some of

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that when we'll be lingering, but there is sunshine on the way

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