Four people have died and 20 people have been injured after what police are treating as terrorist attacks in Westminster, earlier on Wednesday. Here is what we know so far. At 14.40 (GMT) the Metropolitan Police were called to an incident around Parliament Square in central London.
Reports made to the police included a person in the river, a car hitting pedestrians and a man armed with a knife.
Police guarding the iconic House of Commons building shot the man but several people were left with “catastrophic” injuries on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic junction popular with tourists with views of Big Ben.
The car crashed into the railings outside the heavily guarded parliament building and witnesses described a man leaping out of the vehicle into the grounds of parliament and stabbing a police officer.
Who was the attacker?
We don’t know yet, but police believe he was acting alone. Eyewitnesses described seeing an Asian man in his 40s carrying a knife.
Here is what we know about what police are treating as a terrorist attack:
- One woman was killed on Westminster Bridge after a number of pedestrians were mowed down by a car.
- It is believed a second person was 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 a police officer 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.
- Prime Minister Theresa May will be chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee.