Breaking News: Parliament attack: man shot after police officer stabbed at House of Commons - Update

Major security alert at Westminster after at least one person was shot after police officer was stabbed outside House of Commons
 An Air Ambulance outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after sounds similar to gunfire have been heard close to the Palace of Westminster.



Quentin Letts, the Daily Mail’s parliamentary sketchwriter, said he saw a man in black attack a police officer outside Parliament before being shot two or three times as he tried to storm into the House of Commons, the Press Association reports.

“I saw a thick-set man in black clothes come through the gates into New Palace Yard, just below Big Ben,” he told the BBC.

He had something in his hand, it looked like a stick of some sort, and he was challenged by a couple of policemen in yellow jackets.

And one of the yellow-jacketed policemen fell down and we could see the man in black moving his arm in a way that suggested he was stabbing or striking the yellow-jacketed policeman.

The other officer ran to get help and the man in black ran about 15 yards towards the entrance, he said. He added:
As this attacker was running towards the entrance two plain-clothed guys with guns shouted at him what sounded like a warning, he ignored it and they shot two or three times and he fell.

Police have confirmed that they are currently treating this as a terrorist incident.

Police are asking people to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment Underground station.
In a statement police said:

This is to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incident.

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

We thank the public for their assistance.


Luke Harding -

I’m at the police cordon at Victoria Street and Parliament Square.

Police are telling the public to move back for their own safety. One constable said there were “various serious incidents going on. It’s not safe to be around here at the moment”. The police are clearly agitated.

There’s an air ambulance and about 15 police vehicles in the otherwise deserted square. Outside Westminster Abbey, groups of tourists are taking snaps oblivious of this afternoon’s incident.

Robert Booth -

I’m at the police cordon at Victoria Street and Parliament Square.

Police are telling the public to move back for their own safety. One constable said there were “various serious incidents going on. It’s not safe to be around here at the moment”. The police are clearly agitated.

There’s an air ambulance and about 15 police vehicles in the otherwise deserted square. Outside Westminster Abbey, groups of tourists are taking snaps oblivious of this afternoon’s incident.

Vikram Dodd -

A senior police source has confirmed that Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command was involved in an investigation following this afternoon’s incidents.

The early police view emerging from the chaos is that there were probably two sites of attack:

Westminster Bridge where people may have been run over, and parliament itself, where it appears an officer was stabbed and the attacker shot.

Plans for a London-wide emergency have been put into place as a precaution. Police are hopeful the incidents are over.

Rajeev Syal -

Theresa May, the prime minister, was rushed into a car 40 yards from the gates outside parliament where shots were fired minutes after the incident occurred, according to footage filmed by a member of staff.
She was ushered by at least eight armed undercover police, some with their firearms drawn, into a waiting black vehicle in Speaker’s Court, the footage seen by the Guardian shows. Loud bangs can be heard in the background as she is ushered into the car, but it is unclear whether the bangs were gunshots.

What we know so far:

There have been two serious incidents near the British parliament.

A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, the Commons leader, David Lidington, has said.


The alleged assailant was shot by armed police following a “serious” incident.


There are further reports of a car driving into a number of people on Westminster Bridge, before driving into the railings of the Palace of Westminster.


According to reports as many as 12 people could have been involved. People are being treated at the scene.


Westminster is currently in lockdown with MPs told to remain in the main chamber or in their offices.
Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.


Transport for London said Westminster underground station has been shut at the police’s request.


Peter Walker -

The aftermath of the apparent knife attack, which seemingly saw the attacker shot by police, could be seen in Old Palace Yard, the courtyard directly outside parliament.

At least one person could be seen prone on the ground, tended to by ambulance staff. An air ambulance landed on the grass of Parliament Square, and medical crews rushed in. However, they soon stepped back, and there was no sign of anyone being taken away.

While police looked clam, dozens of armed officers could be seen in the area. At one point, a group of about a dozen officers armed with guns arrived, some also carrying shields. They marched into parliament.

Jamie Grierson -

London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations, Pauline Cranmer, said:

We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident.

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

We will issue more information when we have it.


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