Posted: Wed 22nd Mar 2017

Deeside MP in lockdown at House of Commons after terrorist incident in London

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017

UPDATE: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Reports a  planned evacuation of Parliament has been halted after an announcement was made saying there was a suspicious package in a vehicle and the bomb squad had been called. – BBC. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, and there are reports of multiple casualties on Westminster Bridge in what police are treating as a terrorist incident. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Deeside MP Mark Tami has in the House of Commons which is in lockdown after a major incident near the Houses of Parliment. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mr Tami tweeted 3.28pm; ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I am in the chamber awaiting further details, thank you for the concern shown. Very concerned for those who were there” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Parliament has now been suspended for the day as politicians and staff remain locked inside. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police”. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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MPs said they had heard three or four gunshots. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “The prime minister was brought back to Number 10 from Parliament. She is currently monitoring the situation.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Witnesses report seeing several people being “mowed down” by a vehicle on Westminster Bridge ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Met Police say; ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We were called at approximately 14:40 hours to reports of an incident in Westminster Bridge, SW1. It is being treated as a firearms incident. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer said:

“We can confirm we have treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge and have put a number of hospitals on alert as we continue to respond to this incident. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We were called at 2.40pm today, with the first ambulance crew arriving within six minutes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene, with our priority being to ensure patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“As we are very busy dealing with this incident, we would ask the public to only call us in a genuine emergency.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies:

“The horrific reality of these incidents is yet to sink in and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been caught up in this violent attack on our democracy. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We are reminded on occasions such as these of the bravery of the emergency services, and of those who place their own safety on the line to protect the lives of others. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Once the horror and anger that we now feel subsides, we will have no choice but to muster the strength we need to continue the fight to rid the world of this evil.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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