Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Day Terror Struck at the Very Heart of Our Democracy; Attacker among Four Dead in London Horror

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Day Terror Struck at the Very Heart of Our Democracy; Attacker among Four Dead in London Horror

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Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor at Westminster

TERROR came to the heart of British democracy as an attacker murdered three people and injured at least 20 others at Westminster.

Gunfire rang out in Parliament as the attacker was himself shot dead by police.

Victims included one police officer, who died after being stabbed.

Others were hit by a vehicle, apparently driven by the assailant, on Westminster Bridge, a busy main road next to Parliament which is often busy with tourists.

MPs were voting as the incident unfolded at around 2.40pm. Many were kept in the Commons Chamber for their own protection as police locked down the Parliamentary estate.

North East MPs paid tribute to those who were killed. Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah said: "We know that we are targets and have security advice every two or three months but that's very different to actually experiencing it and then seeing the impact on other people, on constituents, on the police, on the tourists and everyone around - it's different when it actually happens to knowing it's possible.

"We don't want parliament to change - part of democracy means there has to be access to parliament and MPs. What the implications are of this is something we're going to have to work through."

Some politicians, including Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, were evacuated to Westminster Abbey.

She said on Twitter: "All of us sheltering in Westminster Abbey are OK. Police, emergency services and dean's team wonderful."

As events became clearer, it appeared the attacker drove a grey Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge, mowing down pedestrians, including schoolchildren.

This a popular spot with visitors to the city, as it is well-placed for selfie photos with Big Ben in the background.

A party of French schoolchildren were among those who were targeted on the bridge, with three left injured.

One woman hit by the attacker's car was confirmed dead by a doctor at St Thomas's Hospital, who said others on the bridge suffered "catastrophic injuries".

Another woman who apparently fell into the Thames was rescued and given medical treatment on a nearby pier. …

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