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Van hits pedestrians on London Bridge

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  1. Sarah

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    Not again... please :(

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40146916

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    Image captionPeople running down Borough High Street on the south side of London Bridge

    Police are responding to reports that a van has hit a number of pedestrians on London Bridge in central London.

    Armed officers were sent to the scene after witnesses reported seeing a white van mount the pavement and drive into people.

    The Met Police say they are dealing with an incident on the bridge and "multiple resources" are in attendance.

    Transport for London said the bridge has been closed in both directions due to a "major police incident".

    Bus routes were being diverted and the neighbouring Southwark Bridge has also been shut, it added.

    TfL said there were further closures in Borough High Street, where armed police were later seen.

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    Image captionArmed police were sent to Borough High Street
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    Image captionPolice and ambulance could be seen on the south side of London Bridge
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    Image captionBlue lights of the emergency services seen on London Bridge
    BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge at the time of the incident, said the van was driven by a man and was "probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour".

    "He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people. He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind," Ms Jones told the BBC News Channel.

    Five or six people were being treated for injuries after the vehicle mounted the pavement and hit them, she said.

    "I'd say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment."

    She said the van, which was travelling from the direction of central London, headed towards the south side of the river.

    Ms Jones later reported seeing a man being arrested by police. She said he was handcuffed and had his shirt off.

    She said a French woman was among the injured and who told her she did not know where the two people who had been with her were.

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    London Ambulance Service tweeted: "Multiple resources attending an incident at #LondonBridge, please avoid the area".

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  2. Sarah

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    A second incident has also been reported at Borough Market :(
     
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    When will the madness stop?
     
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    And a third at Vauxhall.
     
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    Dear God... and the concert is tomorrow. I hope it doesn't affect that :(

    It's just bloody awful. A daily occurrence now. Northern Ireland experienced terrorism on a daily basis, long before the days of social media and 24 hour news. But it's still just as shocking, even for someone who grew up in The Troubles.

    Please please don't let this affect that concert tomorrow. It HAS to happen!!!
     
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    Thankfully the police have wiped three of the terrorists out which is the way to deal with them. But there really has to be major action now, to round up all known sympathizers and get them out of this country as a matter of urgency. Anyone who remotely aids and abets any of this rabble should be put out of the country with immediate effect.

    Even as a short-term measure - and I know it would probably cause some inconvenience but if it went some way to helping security in around major cities - I would recommend some kind of traffic restrictions into the cities.

    And the police must be given every resource and every tactic available to wipe this threat out once for all, get the army, get the SAS - God help the country if we depend on Jeremy Corbyn to decide what has to be done.

    Having lost an uncle to IRA vermin in 1985, I can understand the loss that the families of those killed and injured must feel. But the greatest tribute that can be paid to them is if this evil, twisted ideology can be destroyed for good.

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    London attacks: Shot suspects wore 'fake' explosive vests



    The suspects behind a London terror attack which killed at least six people were wearing 'fake' explosive vests, it has emerged.

    Police confirmed three suspects who launched an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night "were wearing what looked like explosive vests" but that "these were later established to be hoaxes".

    In a statement released in the early hours of Sunday morning Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the attackers had been shot dead by officers within eight minutes of police receiving the first call about the attack at 10.08pm on Saturday.

    Police were initially called to reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge as witnesses said that a white van crashed into people at speed.

    Shortly afterwards stabbings were reported at neighbouring Borough Market, armed officers responded and shots were fired.

    The Met Police declared the London attack a "terrorist incident" and a full investigation led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command is underway.


    • What has happened?
    Police are dealing with "terrorism incidents" at London Bridge and Borough Market after reports of a vehicle striking multiple pedestrians on the bridge and stabbings in the nearby market.

    Six people have been confirmed killed, and at least 48 injured, following the Saturday night attacks.

    An additional three attackers are also said to have been killed after being shot by police.

    A third serious incident in Vauxhall, south London, was initially also feared to be linked but was later declared as an unrelated stabbing.

    • What happened around London Bridge?
    Police were called at around 10.08pm to reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge.

    Witnesses said that a white van crashed into people at speed.

    Shortly afterwards stabbings were reported at the neighbouring Borough Market.

    Armed officers responded and shots were fired.

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    • What should anyone in the areas do?
    Anyone in the area of any of the three incidents in London Bridge, Borough Market and Vauxhall have been told to run and hide.

    The police said anyone in the area should barricade themselves in if possible and turn their phone to silent.
     
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    London attacks latest: Seven dead in London Bridge and Borough Market van and knife terror


    Seven people have been killed and almost 50 people injured in a "rampage" in central London, the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months.

    Three attackers were shot dead by police in the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market. Police said they believed there were no more than three attackers.

    A white transit van ploughed into a crowd of people on the bridge at speed shortly after 10pm. The three men then stabbed people with 12-inch knives at nearby Borough Market, with a transport police officer among those injured.

    The London Ambulance Service said 48 people had been taken to five hospitals across the capital and a number of other people were treated at the scene.

    The major parties have suspended their national campaigning for the General Election in the wake of the attack.


    Prime Minister Theresa May, who was understood to be at her Maidenhead constituency when she was alerted to the news, will chair a Cobra meeting first thing on Sunday morning.

    As dawn broke over the capital, a large area on the south bank of the River Thames remained cordoned off and police told people to avoid the area, leaving tourists and revellers struggling to get home.



    Timeline | How events in London unfolded
    • 10.07pm Ambulance services were called to reports of a vehicle ploughing through pedestrians on London Bridge, arriving within six minutes.
    • 10.08pm Police are called to the scene. Officers then attended a second incident at nearby Borough Market after reports of stabbings.
    • 10.16pm Within eight minutes, three male suspects were shot dead in Borough Market by police marksman. The men were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later found to be hoaxes.
    • 12.25am on Sunday Both incidents were declared by the Metropolitan Police as terror attacks.
    • 4am Police confirm six people were killed in the rampage.
    • 9.30am Seven people have died, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirms
    Other key information
    • At least 48 patients were taken to five hospitals, London Ambulance Service said, with more than 80 medics having been sent to the scene
    • A third incident at Vauxhall was a stabbing and unrelated, Scotland Yard said.
    Seventh victim has died, Met boss confirms
    Met Commissioner Cressida Dick is making a statement outside New Scotland Yard. She has just confirmed a seventh victim has died following last night's attack.

    She described the London Bridge terror attack as "appalling and tragic" adding that it was "something we hoped we would not see again".

    She added: "This is a fast-moving investigation, we have very significant resources deployed."

    We will bring you more from the statement as it comes in.

    9:24am
    Manchester concert will go on
    Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan from Greater Manchester Police said the force was "deeply saddened" by the attacks in London, but that events in Manchester would carry on as planned.

    He said: "There are two large-scale events taking place in Greater Manchester today and we would like to assure people that these will still take place, but with additional security in place to ensure the security of everyone.

    "There will be additional security checks taking place and everyone will be searched, including bags.

    "We would ask people not to bring bags if they can, as this will help speed up entry."

    9:19am
    Greens suspend national campaigning
    Greens confirmed that they too were suspending national campaigning until the evening, though activities will continue at a local level.

    Co-leader Caroline Lucas said: "My heart goes out to all those affected and caught up in these horrific and despicable attacks, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.

    "Deep thanks to our emergency services who have responded again with enormous bravery, and to the many members of the public displaying courage and compassion in the midst of terrible scenes."

    9:16am
    Update: Four French victims
    An update on the victims.

    French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has told radio station FranceInfo four French citizens were injured in the attack.

    It was previously reported there were two French victims.

    A man and woman from New Zealand have also been named as stab victims.

    14 casualties taken to King's College Hospital
    Fourteen people injured in the attack were taken to King's College Hospital, in Denmark Hill, south London.

    A spokesman said: "The Emergency Department at King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill) received 14 casualties (six females and eight males) following the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market in central London.

    "One patient has been discharged."

    There were a total of 48 injured and six killed.

    8:17am
    New Zealand man named as stab victim
    Reports in New Zealand have named a man believed to have suffered multiple stab wounds in the London terror attack.

    Oliver Dowling, 32, from Christchurch, received multiple stab wounds to the face, neck and stomach but has since recovered after a four-hour long surgery, according to his sister Freddy.
     
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    One thing that really needs to be addressed immediately is the apparent ease with which someone can stroll into a hire car company and with no obvious security checks can leave with a car or a van in a few minutes - this applies to both this atrocity and the Westminster attack.

    In a ideal world we wouldn't need to have any kind of security vetting/screening when hiring a car, but clearly some kind of system needs to be put in place by the hire companies.

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    Most of this ISis stuff seems to be a fad, with most of the people carrying out these attacks not strongly religious -- it's just a call to mobilize pathological people who want to commit mass murder recreationally.

    Sometimes they pledge allegiance to ISis at the last minute. And even when they don't, ISis is usually more than happy to take credit, even if they knew nothing about it beforehand.

    Wikileaks email revelations about conversations at the State Dept. in the US seems to suggest that TPTB think ISis is funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    Who knows... But most of these killers are just crazy dudes, many of whom are home-grown, looking for destructive entertainment.

    Like most fads, it will probably burn itself out. But lots of innocent people are going to be hurt and killed before the paradigm shifts.

    Oh, you're just full of lucid answers.
     
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    I don't know what the solution is to these appalling acts in terrorism but as long as Theresa May keeps selling arms to Saudi Arabia instead to stopping them from funding ISIS I fear it will continue.
     
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    All I am saying is there needs to be a much more structured way - even if the general public have to put up with a bit of inconvenience initially - whereby hire companies cannot give out vehicles willy-nilly without proper checks.

    At the moment my brother is applying for a funding grant for a robotic milking parlour (following a cancer battle) and the whole application process is unbelievable in terms of checks and so on. Every last detail about my brother is investigated. And this is just an application process for farmers where no risk the public is involved.

    The point I am making with that is that surely such rigorous standards must be applied in a case like this where unfortunately warped individuals have taken it upon themselves to use vehicles as weapons.

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    Isn't there a British election coming up? Could these incidents effect it?
     
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    The main parties postponed campaigning as a mark of respect yesterday (Sunday) but these people cannot be allowed to dictate the agenda, the election must go ahead on Thursday.

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    But will it affect the outcome?
     
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    Then they will just steal a vehicle ?
     
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    I am on hols and missed this news on Sunday - it's shocking sad and I hate that there are people in our country who do not like our values and our way of living

    If that's the case get out

    Personally I believe the rot set in after 9/11 and the Bush and his puppet Blair response and it's going from bad to worse and it seems every few weeks we are posting our shock and horror at events

    And it will continue and go on and on and on and we need to start taking some serious action

    I also feel we really need to be mindful of who we let into our country and where they come from and what is their background. Hate clerics that hate our country get legal aid - jeez what a system and we paid for one and his family to live at tax payer expense in a million pound home. Thankfully he has been extradited but how many more. It makes me so angry

    That is so wrong, when people who fought for our country to keep me safe have to scrape by

    Saudi has some dreadful human rights and funded 9/11 but all countries suck up to them as they have oil
     
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    Perhaps, but in doing so you would have to think they'd come to the police's attention more obviously and more immediately than a seemingly innocuous hire car/van.

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