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The man tasked by the mayor last year to review London's security
measures has warned the Westminster attack is a wake-up call
Lord Harris also renewed his call for greater street
It comes as it emerged that Khalid Masood was driving more
than 70 miles per hour on Westminster Bridge.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Nick Beake reports.
The carnage began when Khalid Masood drove onto Westminster bridge.
BBC London has now learned the police believe he was driving
at up to 76 mph as he crossed the River Thames, killing three
people and injuring 50, including a Romanian tourist
Last autumn, Toby Harris carried out a review of how prepared London
He said last Wednesday was a wake-up call.
The reality is that it's all too easy, in any major city,
for a deranged individual to arm themselves with a knife easily
purchased, to hire a vehicle, as this individual appears
The Harris report made more than 100 recommendations
to better prevent an attack, but even more armed police
was not one of them and he still stands by that.
He did, though, call for urgent action in other areas.
One key recommendation made by Lord Harris
was for more of these, bollards, to be installed,
to protect pedestrians, a bit like they've got
He also said the authorities should consider using more temporary
They're not ugly, they fit in with the architecture,
yet they do provide very substantial, additional protection
for those public buildings and for those people walking up
That's a demonstration of what can be done,
it's something that I think we need to look at more widely.
Behind us we can see the route taken by the attacker...
As a superintendent in the Met, Bernie Gravett was responsible
for security in central Westminster, including outside Parliament,
and is disappointed more bollards and barriers haven't been
It's been remarkably silent, I suppose, because in
the recommendations Lord Harris says "urgently review".
It also says that the Home Office looked at this many years ago,
Now's the time, perhaps, to rethink that.
Post-Paris, post-Nice, and the attacks in other parts
of Europe, I haven't seen much visible change.
City Hall insists it's delivered a quarter of Lord Harris'
recommendations, and has been looking at locations where more
It's widely accepted that you can't put physical barriers
everywhere across the capital, but the Westminster attack has
Well, new barriers are being put in place around Windsor Castle
for enhanced security during Changing the Guard.
Police say there is no specific threat to the Royal Residence,
but the measures are proportionate and necessary in crowded areas
The Mayor arrived in Brussels this afternoon, ahead of a key
The planned trip was amended to enable him to hold talks
Our Political Editor Tim Donovan joins us from Brussels
This is going to be a week-long tour, anticipating and then marking
the triggering of Article 50 on Wednesday. It was going to take into
account, to include Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin and there was going to be a
decidedly promotional tone. London didn't want Brexit, their ever would
say, but we will be resilient and come through it but there has been,
since the events in Westminster last week on a change of direction. City
Hall have had to readjust and the focus today has been very much on
security. The trip has now been shortened to Brussels today and
tomorrow and Paris on Wednesday, with the emphasis on
counterterrorism. The mayor today met the EU commissioner with
responsibility for security agreements, that this was one of the
key areas that needed to be resolved during the Brexit negotiation
process. The key thing for me,
that I know more now than I did even before the meeting,
was the fact that we have to make sure those relationships strengthen
and carry on post us leaving the EU. It's in nobody's interest for us
to have less good links with our European partners after
Brexit, in relation to security It is a fact that the better our
contacts are with our European partners, the closer we work
together with our European partners, the less chance the terrorists have
of being successful. At the speech he plans tomorrow
morning to a think tank has now been slightly adjusted and will have a
more sombre tone, but there will also be a central message about
London's economic position and how the deal needs to be good for
London, because it won't be Frankfurt on Luxembourg or Brussels,
even, that games if London's financial centre suffers, it will be
the competition from New York and Singapore. STUDIO: Thank you.
Well, while the Mayor holds talks in Brussels -
here, tributes to those who lost their lives
in Westminster continue to grow, as Victoria Hollins reports.
In the shadow of Big Ben, on a warm spring day,
a reminder of the tragedy that took place here just five days ago.
Amongst those who have come to see the tributes
were Joshua and Camilla, Americans both studying in London.
You know, it kind of shows a strength in community,
that British culture is strong and that no matter what happens,
people will still come together and show their support.
I think it's very, very humbling to see all these people coming out
and supporting one another and the comradery that it ignites.
But at the same time it's just so overwhelmingly unfortunate
The messages left on the railings around Parliament reflect
the range of victims, young and old.
Thoughts too from fellow police officers and the
And as the tourists take pictures and the buskers play,
on Westminster Bridge Londoners too reflect on the aftermath.
It's scary because it's brought it to home, but it still makes you feel
safe that actually there's people around that will help you.
Many visitors today watched what happened
Life goes on and there's a real resilient attitude here,
that these things happen, but it's going to be OK.
London seems a city shaken but largely defined.
-- defiant. Victoria Hollins, BBC London News.
The franchise for one of the busiest rail services is to be taken over
by a joint-venture which includes a Hong-Kong based company.
It'll oversee a one billion pound investment in South West Trains.
Our Transport Correspondent, Tom Edwards, assesses
They are some of their busiest commuter lines in the country,
serving the Bilic busiest station Waterloo, and other south-west
franchise will be taken over in a joint venture between first group
and the Hong Kong Metro operator. Commuters know what they want. If
there is a delay they are at least tell the passengers. Deliver
services with more carriages. It's not a bad service, South West Trains
have done quite well, I think, compared to some other services.
London's commuter railway has made its way into the private sector. The
change comes at a crucial time, with Waterloo Station in the middle of a
redevelopment. The government says the new operator will oversee ?1
billion investment. There will be 19 new trains and refunds will also be
given for delays over 15 minutes. More capacity, more reliable
services, more frequent services and indeed faster services, so an
upgrade all-round. Is it risky doing it with Waterloo? We've thought
carefully about how to do that smoothly, we will be talking to both
sides. The union say the takeover is a scandal. Passenger groups, though,
are hopeful. It won't be an overnight revolution, it will be
steady change. I think what want to seize the day-to-day red bit
reliability getting better. -- day-to-day reliability getting
better. It also mean the Mayor's ambitions to take over rail services
are at the moment dead. Passengers will see a new operator in August.
And I'll leave you with Georgina Burnett for a look at this
Yes and it will continue in that way. Some lovely sunsets. Thank you
to all of you for posting your pictures. So, the weather for the
week ahead. It's certainly looking warm and we may see the warmest day
of the year so far on Thursday. A lot of dry weather around until we
get to Friday and Saturday, when we see a bit more wet weather. Through
tonight, lots of blue sky today, a bit more in the way of cloud tonight
but still some clear spells. In more rural spots temperatures down to 4-5
but in central London looking at lows 7-8. Perhaps a little mist and
fog towards North London. That should clear fairly early on
tomorrow morning. A lot of sunshine first thing. By the afternoon a bit
more in the way of cloud and maybe a few showers sneaking through. I
think for most of us it should be a dry day. Temperatures getting up to
16 or possibly 17 Celsius. On Wednesday a bit more in the way of
cloud but bright and even sunny spells poking through. It should
stay dry. Thursday largely dry dates but the sunshine likely to be a bit
more hazy on Thursday. That is the day we are expecting those
temperatures to really sore. We might see 21 Celsius on Thursday.
For the weekend, looking a bit showery on Saturday, dry and
brighter on Sunday and if we showery on Saturday, dry and
brighter on Sunday and if we go back to the temperatures in the next
couple days, you see those highs on Thursday. He is John Hammond with
the national this cyclone Debbie crashes onto the
Queensland coast with violent winds and flooding rains, that will head
southwards in the next few days in the direction of Brisbane. We will
keep an eye on Debbie. Meanwhile back home, much more tranquil. This
beautiful sunset taken from Stevenage and Hertfordshire earlier
this evening. Clear skies for some though not for all of us. Quite a
lot of low cloud across eastern areas drifting a little farther west
as we go through the night. Areas of fog around, so watch out for those.
Where the skies remain clear, it will be cold. It already is, and in
some areas temperatures could dip as