Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terror Carnage at Westminster; ?Several Victims Feared Dead after Car Mows Down Pedestrians on Bridge Knifeman Stabs Policeman in Grounds of Parliament, Then Is Shot by Officers Bodies Strewn over Bridge as Car Mounts Pavement Parliament Put into Lockdown as Witnesses Tell of Horror Scenes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terror Carnage at Westminster; ?Several Victims Feared Dead after Car Mows Down Pedestrians on Bridge Knifeman Stabs Policeman in Grounds of Parliament, Then Is Shot by Officers Bodies Strewn over Bridge as Car Mounts Pavement Parliament Put into Lockdown as Witnesses Tell of Horror Scenes

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

ARMED police today shot a knifeman in the grounds of Parliament after a car was driven into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

Several shots were fired at about 2.35pm, moments after a loud bang was heard nearby.

Witnesses saw a man in a grey suit shot in New Palace Yard, inside the secure zone close to Big Ben. Two people were on the ground being given CPR. One of the figures was later covered over.

Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs in the House that a "police officer has been stabbed" and the "alleged assailant was shot by armed police" following a "serious incident" within the Parliamentary estate.

Other bodies were seen lying in the road on Westminster Bridge, where at least six people were knocked down by a car.

Theresa May was said to have been in the Commons at the time of the incident. She is reported to have been bundled into a car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven from the scene.

A witness reported: "We heard a loud bang, lots of shouting and men running around. Someone rushed through, attacked a policeman. He Continued on Pages 2 & 3 Continued from Page 1 appeared to be carrying a large eightinch knife. We then heard gunfire, five or six rounds."

Before the shots were fired, a crowd of passers-by were seen running from the direction of Westminster Bridge and around the corner into Parliament Square.

There were unconfirmed rumours a car carrying the alleged attacker had sped over Westminster Bridge, injuring people, before a man ran through the iron gates into the Parliamentary estate and stabbed a police officer who tried to stop him.

Another witness said a man was seen walking towards a policeman with a knife in his hand, having already assaulted another policeman. It was claimed the attacker was then shot.

Twenty armed police officers in plainclothes thought to be members of the special firearms unit arrived and took up positions. Parliament was suspended and police officers sealed off the area. Staff inside Parliament were told to stay in their offices and keep away from the windows. …

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