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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


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