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Thursday, 23 March 2017

The hero of Westminster: Policeman stabbed to death by terrorist is named as death toll rises to FIVE with 40 injured including French students and Korean tourists Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4338998/Police-open-fire-outside-House-Commons.html#ixzz4c9Tfn500 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook.

Police have named the officer who was killed by a knifeman terrorist in London and revealed the death toll in the attack has risen to five.
Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death outside Parliament by the attacker who brought carnage to London yesterday, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three and injuring around 40 more. 

A Hyundai 4x4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down the public before crashing into a fence below Big Ben.
The killer, described by witnesses as 'middle-aged and Asian', then managed to break into the grounds of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed Mr Palmer - who had 15 years service with the police - with two knives.

The attacker - who was shot at least twice by armed officers guarding the building - died after he was taken to hospital while married husband and father Mr Palmer - a former soldier in the Royal Artillery - died at the scene.
Speaking after the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Britain would 'never give in to terror' and 'defeat hate and evil' after she blasted the 'sick and depraved' attack in Westminster.

She added the 'forces of evil would never drive Britain apart' and praised police and security staff who 'ran towards danger even as they encouraged others to move away'.
Three other police officers were injured, two of whom were last night in a 'serious condition'.

Prime Minister Theresa May was bundled into her car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven quickly from the scene as the attack unfolded. She chaired a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra Committee tonight.
Scotland Yard said the attack, which came a year to the day after the atrocities in Brussels, was being treated 'as an Islamic-related terrorism'.
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Police officer Keith Palmer was killed by a knifeman  before the attacker was shot by other officers outside Parliament. Emergency services desperately tried to save him, pictured, but he succumbed to his wounds
Police officer Keith Palmer was killed by a knifeman before the attacker was shot by other officers outside Parliament. Emergency services desperately tried to save him, pictured, but he succumbed to his wounds
Mr Palmer, 48, pictured, was a husband and father and said to have served with the Met Police for 15 years
Mr Palmer, 48, pictured, was a husband and father and said to have served with the Met Police for 15 years
MP James Cleverly said he had known PC Palmer for 25 years after previously serving in the Royal Artillery with him, describing him as a 'lovely man and friend'
MP James Cleverly said he had known PC Palmer for 25 years after previously serving in the Royal Artillery with him, describing him as a 'lovely man and friend'
The suspected terrorist, pictured on a stretcher, is also dead, along with three pedestrians killed when the attacker drove a 4x4 across Westminster Bridge, ploughing down and seriously injuring at least 20. He had two knives (ringed)
The suspected terrorist, pictured on a stretcher, is also dead, along with three pedestrians killed when the attacker drove a 4x4 across Westminster Bridge, ploughing down and seriously injuring at least 20. He had two knives (ringed)
The attacker was put on a stretcher and wheeled into an ambulance inside the grounds of Parliament. He later died
The attacker was put on a stretcher and wheeled into an ambulance inside the grounds of Parliament. He later died
This was the scene as the attacker was taken away to hospital following the attack. He killed four people
This was the scene as the attacker was taken away to hospital following the attack. He killed four people
Two knives lay on the cobbles in front of Parliament after the attacker was shot by armed police protecting the building
Two knives lay on the cobbles in front of Parliament after the attacker was shot by armed police protecting the building
PC Palmer was a member of the Parliamentary Diplomatic Protection Command and had served on the force for 15 years.

Paying tribute to the officer tonight, Scotland Yard's top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley said: 'He [PC Palmer] was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift, and he had every right to expect that would happen.'
More tributes have poured in via social media for the police officer, with many describing him as a 'hero'.


Others have sent their best wishes and condolences to his family and praised PC Palmer for his dedication to keeping the public safe. 
One Twitter user said: 'RIP Keith Palmer. We have the best police in the world the paddlers of hate will not divide us. My heart goes out to Mr Palmer's family'.

Another added: 'PC Keith Palmer, a husband, a father, a fallen hero RIP x.' 
Others said they would launch a petition to have the police office posthumously awarded the George Medal, a civilian honour given out for bravery.
Police forces around the country also paid tribute to the officer.

A statement by Nottinghamshire Police said: 'RIP Metropolitan Police officer - PC Keith Palmer. Father, husband, police officer of 15-years, who died today protecting the public. When many ran from danger, you went towards it.'
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan added: 'Tonight we have learned that the courageous police officer who was killed while protecting our city was PC Keith Palmer. He was 48 and a husband and father.

'Keith Palmer was killed while bravely doing his duty - protecting our city and the heart of our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life.
'My heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues.'
People on social media were quick to pay tribute to PC Palmer tonight, praising his bravery and service to the public
People on social media were quick to pay tribute to PC Palmer tonight, praising his bravery and service to the public
Others called the officer - who is a father and husband - a 'fallen hero' and vowed London was 'not afraid' of terrorism
Others called the officer - who is a father and husband - a 'fallen hero' and vowed London was 'not afraid' of terrorism
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said PC Palmer was killed 'protecting our city and our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life'
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said PC Palmer was killed 'protecting our city and our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life'
Conservative MP James Cleverly, who served alongside Keith Palmer in the army, said he was ‘heartbroken’ and paid tribute to his friend.
He tweeted: ‘I’ve known Keith for 25 years. We served together in the Royal Artillery before he became a copper.
‘A lovely man, a friend. I’m heartbroken.

‘My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer. A brave man.’
Acting Deputy Commissioner Rowley confirmed three members of the public had been killed in the incident, with liaison officers contacting their families.

He added: 'We think we know who the attacker is, we believe they were inspired by international terrorism. Islamist related terrorism. 
'We have hundreds of officers working on this investigation, and they are focusing on the suspect's motivation, preparation and his associates.

'We are forensically examining a complicated crime scene that covers a wide area and as with all investigations of this nature, it will take us some time to work through the painstaking work necessary to gather all the relevant evidence. Only then will the full picture be known.'
He added statements were being taken from hundreds of witnesses while officers were also examining CCTV.

Security around the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family was dramatically stepped up following the attack. The gates to Buckingham Palace – where the Monarch was in residence - were closed and armed guards took up positions.
UK security services have foiled 13 potential attacks in less than four years. Counter-terrorism units are running more than 500 investigations at any time.

Junior doctor talks about treating police officer after Westminster shooting

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This was the scene in the immediate aftermath of the attack, after the attacker entered the grounds of Parliament
This was the scene in the immediate aftermath of the attack, after the attacker entered the grounds of Parliament
A patient believed to be the woman who plunged into the River Thames during the horrific terror attack is pictured here being treated in Westminster
A patient believed to be the woman who plunged into the River Thames during the horrific terror attack is pictured here being treated in Westminster
There were disturbing scenes on Westminster Bridge where at least 40 pedestrians were hurt after being knocked down by the car
There were disturbing scenes on Westminster Bridge where at least 40 pedestrians were hurt after being knocked down by the car

Members of the public rushed to help a man run down after the vehicle mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge
Another woman was severely injured at a postcard stall opposite Big Ben  following the horrific terror attack
Another woman was severely injured at a postcard stall opposite Big Ben following the horrific terror attack
Terrified public flee as three shots ring out in Parliament Square

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HOW TODAY'S EVENTS UNFOLDED 

2.40pm: An attacker mows down several pedestrians as he drives a Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge before crashing it into railings then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster and stabbing a police officer
2.41pm: Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service are called to a major incident
3.35pm: Police say the attack is being treated ‘as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise’
4.10pm: Junior doctor at St Thomas' Hospital says one woman has died and a number of others have been hurt - including some with ‘catastrophic’ injuries
4.45pm: Paramedics confirm they have treated at least ten patients on Westminster Bridge
4.49pm: Police Commander BJ Harrington says there were ‘a number of casualties’ in the attack ‘including police officers’.
4.51pm: Downing Street spokesman says Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee later
5.40pm: Sources reveal the police officer stabbed at Parliament has died
6.01pm: Police say four people were killed in the attack, including the police officer and a man believed to be the attacker
6.56pm: Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the Government's top priority following the attack is ‘the security of its people’ 
It is currently known that: 
  • One woman was killed on Westminster Bridge after a number of pedestrians were mowed down by a car. 

  • Two more people were killed in the incident on the bridge.
  • Another woman ended up in the Thames and was treated for serious injuries after being pulled from the water. 
  • A group of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge. 

  • The attacker jumped out the car and fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.
  • The knifeman was shot dead moments later by another officer.
  • Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. 

Witness Jayne Wilkinson said: 'We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.

'And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.
'He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt. He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.'

Her partner David Turner added: 'There was a stampede of people running out. You saw the people and you thought 'what the hell is going on'.' 

Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood was among those who rushed to help the policeman who had been stabbed. 

Mr Ellwood, who lost his brother in the Bali bombing, could be seen pumping the officer's chest then standing above him, his hands and face smeared with blood.

Frazer Clarke, 25, from Burton-on-Trent, said: 'We heard a loud bang and screaming and then I noticed some smoke. I thought it was a car crash.

'I looked towards the front gate and people were running, a police officer and a fellow coming to the gate with two knives.
'He was stabbing the police officer with the knives. He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black of grey top and what looked like work boots. The police officer was stumbling and fell on the floor'. 
This was the series of events  where a knife attacker drove into pedestrians before he was shot by police
This was the series of events where a knife attacker drove into pedestrians before he was shot by police
The Hyundai 4x4 used by the attacker remained at the scene after it slammed into a fence before the attacker got out
The Hyundai 4x4 used by the attacker remained at the scene after it slammed into a fence before the attacker got out
Armed Police opened fire and shot the attacker outside the Houses of Parliament. A vehicle was seen on social media to have crashed into the fence of the palace
Armed Police opened fire and shot the attacker outside the Houses of Parliament. A vehicle was seen on social media to have crashed into the fence of the palace
At least two pedestrians were hurt near where the Hyundai crashed and were helped by police at the scene
At least two pedestrians were hurt near where the Hyundai crashed and were helped by police at the scene

A man is thought to have jumped or been knocked from Westminster Bridge and lay with terrible injuries next to the Thames
This was the scene on Embankment last night after the man either fell or was knocked from the bridge during the attack
This was the scene on Embankment last night after the man either fell or was knocked from the bridge during the attack
Pat McCormack, 21, from Washington in Tyne-on-Wear added: 'I saw him stabbing the officer in the back of the head and the back of the neck. He was running away but then he collapsed.' 

Steve Voake, 55, was walking across the Westminster Bridge and saw at least two bodies lying on the road and one in the water.
'I saw a trainer lying in the road and when I looked more closely I saw that there were a couple of bodies the other side of the road,' he told the Press Association.

'And when I looked over the side there was another body lying in the water with blood all around it.' 
Deputy Commissioner Rowley also thanked everyone at Parliament for their cooperation with the investigation today as he announced a lockdown had ended.

He added: 'We do want to reassure the public that police and partners will do everything possible to protect them. 
'As a precautionary measure over the next few days we have increased the number of officers on duty, armed and unarmed, to provide a highly visible reassuring presence. This will continue for as long as is necessary.
'Go! go!' Police scream orders as Westminster incident begins


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