Update – Westminster Attack

23
March
2017

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Winchester’s MP Steve Brine has described the incident at Westminster which left five people dead and 40 injured as “an attack on our democracy”.

Some of the injuries have been described as “catastrophic”.

MPs were caught up as the grounds of Parliament were ‘locked down’ after the attack – including minister Tobias Ellwood who was seen giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a police officer in New Palace Yard as he tried to save his life.

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Sky News reporting at the height of the crisis

Steve gave this comment to Winchester Today: “There are few words that are appropriate. This is an ongoing crisis. Our Parliament and our democracy has been attacked today at its very core. There is clearly great darkness in our world.”

UPDATE: THURSDAY 23 March

The Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Olivia Pinkney has spoken of her sadness following the attack in London yesterday in which PC Keith Palmer was killed: “Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those killed and seriously injured as a result of the events in London yesterday.

“There is currently no specific intelligence to indicate an immediate threat to any locations within the UK, including Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.

“As is standard procedure whenever an incident like this happens, whether in the UK or abroad, we are reviewing our security procedures and resources to ensure that they are appropriate and if any changes need to be made.

“We have also reviewed all pre-planned events taking place in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the coming days, as is normal procedure, to ensure all plans are up-to-date.

“At this time we are satisfied our plans are robust but we will continue to review the situation and follow any national guidance.

“We understand that the events in London yesterday may cause people to worry but we would renew our advice to our communities to be alert but not to be alarmed.

“We would advise members of the public to remain vigilant and if you see anything that causes you concern or raises your suspicions do not hesitate to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, or 999 in an emergency.”