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we left our bus anyway, eventually, we left our bus on the bridge and i would imagine it is still there as we speak. you're watching bbc news. i'mjane hill on london bridge, where seven people have been killed and nearly 50 injured in a terrorist attack. a white van drove into pedestrians before three menjumped out and stabbed people in nearby streets. they were running in all the pubs, all the bars. i can't remember all of them. they run in and they were stabbing everyone, and i was going to people, run, run, run. in the last few minutes, the prime minister emerged from chairing an emergency cobra committee meeting, and said that the time has come for things to change. there is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. so we need to become far more robust in identifying it and
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stamping it out across the public sector and across society. distressing scenes as paramedics and the emergency services provided first aid. some of the injured are said to be in a critical condition in hospital. police placed several bars in lockdown. people were ordered to lay on the ground as officers checked there were no assailants present. police say that within eight minutes of receiving first reports of the attack they had shot dead the three assailants. senior officers say they believe the incident is under control. a large cordon remains in place. a large cordon remains in the area around london bridge and borough market. there officers on the scene as we still need to carry out a thorough search of the area to ensure that everyone has been accounted for. this is the scene on london bridge.
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campaigning in the general election has been suspended for today by both the conservatives and labour. it's important to give a message that democracy must prevail. if we allow these attacks to disrupt our democratic process then we all lose. good morning from central london, where seven people have been killed and many injured during the country's second terrorist attack in less than two weeks, and the third in under three months. you may just you mayjust be waking up to the news and realising that there has been another terrorist attack in the
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country, this time in the london bridge area. i know people are watching us from all over the world as well. if you are not familiar with london, you may however be familiar with the building behind me, the shard. it is a now familiar pa rt me, the shard. it is a now familiar part of the london cityscape. the base of the london shard is very close to the london bridge station, a major railway station and underground station. that is where the key parts of that terrorist attack were focused on saturday night. it would have been very, very busy. it was a beautiful evening here in london, a warm evening. there would have been lots of people out on the streets. let's just bring you up—to—date with what we know so far about this attack here in the capital on saturday, which has claimed the lives of seven people. seven people killed and 48 injured. let me try to give you a sense of
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the geography of this. officers were called to reports of a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians on london bridge, close to where am talking to you from, at eight minutes past ten in the evening. after the vehicle stopped, three men got out and started stabbing people on the bridge. the attackers then moved a short way down the road to nearby borough market. it will have been extremely busy on a saturday evening, lots of bars and restau ra nts a saturday evening, lots of bars and restaurants there. people were attacked in that area as well. within eight minutes, by 10:16pm, all three attackers were shot and killed by police. the prime minister, theresa may, has been speaking outside ten downing st in the last half an hour using very strong language indeed. danjohnson reports. you may find some of the images in his report distressing. the warmth of a summer's evening
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shattered by sirens. a huge police response answering urgent calls for help. just after 10pm, this white van was driven at people who were walking across london bridge. it crashed near southwark cathedral. witnesses said three men got out and ran witnesses said three men got out and ra n towards witnesses said three men got out and ran towards borough market, stabbing anyone in their way. that is terrorists. it was a bar full of people, just having a good time. and they went running straight into them, i'm not too sure what they we re them, i'm not too sure what they were saying, i think they were saying, this is for allah. they ran up saying, this is for allah. they ran up and stabbed a girl, maybe ten, maybe 15 times. she was going, help me, help me, and i couldn't do anything. teret rippled through the area's bars and restaurants. ——
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teret rippled. police ordered people to get down as they tried to identify the attackers. others were told to run, as armed officers moved in and cleared the area. then, this. gunfire less tha n gunfire less than ten minutes after the first calls, it was over. three attackers shot dead. they had canisters taped to their bodies, what looked like suicide vests, but not real, the police say. paramedics we re not real, the police say. paramedics were there quickly, trying to save lives. on the bridge, people were treating those who had been run down by the van, and those who had been stabbed. a huge area of southwark was cordoned off. heavily on officers we re cordoned off. heavily on officers were carrying out checks. they needed to be sure there were not
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other attackers. and that included checking nearby buildings. this morning, the metropolitan commissioner had grim news. morning, the metropolitan commissioner had grim newsm morning, the metropolitan commissioner had grim news. it has now been confirmed, sadly, that seven members of the public have died in addition, as you know, we believe three suspects are dead. my current information is that 48 people have been injured. and 48 people have been injured. and 48 people were indeed taken to hospital for treatment. once again, terror has shaken this election campaign. and the prime minister has been forced to confront some toff questions. in terms of their planning and execution, the recent attacks are not connected. but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face. as terrorism reads terrorism. and
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perpetrators or inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after yea rs not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as [one attackers, radicalised online. but by copying one another, and often using the crudest of means of attack. we cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. on a still sunday morning, london has to consider the implications of another attack. as a growing police investigation and a large area still sealed off, the city has felt terra's impact many times, but it is still painful, it is still a test of this city's resolve —— this city has felt terror‘s impact many times. we heard theresa may in that report. we are just four days away from a general election in the united kingdom. thursday, people are due to be going to the polls in that election. there
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has been political reaction from across the board to events in the capital here overnight. let's here a little for the leader of the labour party, germany corbyn. absolutely shocked and horrified at what happened. —— jeremy corbyn. shocked and horrified at what happened. ——jeremy corbyn. looking at the pictures are people running frightened, police running in the other direction to try and help and save lives will stop them are brilliant paramedics, ambulance crews and fire service crews all getting on the scene to help. this isa getting on the scene to help. this is a dreadful terrorist attack. it has taken yet more lives in this country. labour, like the other parties, has said it will suspend campaigning. was that a decision you reached easily? yes, we will not be campaigning nationally today but we will be resuming later on, because i think it is important to get a message that democracy must prevail. if we allow these attacks to disrupt oui’ if we allow these attacks to disrupt our democratic process, then we all lose. it's unprecedented, ithink,
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that we have had two such large terrorist attacks in the run—up to a general election. what impact do you think it might have?” general election. what impact do you think it might have? i can't recall any other election when there has been anything like this. this has got to be the worst. i hope it will not disrupt our process, because we have to have them credit process. but i also hope we will reflect on the need to have sufficient police officers on our streets and also sufficient intelligence to look at the terrorist threat. but in response, as in manchester, all communities must come together. our strength is the strength of our community unity. that was shown in manchester straight after the war wasn't there, and i'm sure it will be attack with the same in london. of course, the polls have been very encouraging for you in the last week. they have looked as if you are closing that gap. do you think this is going to be a positive or a negative for you? i'm not commenting on polls. or i'm saying is that this
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evening and for the rest of the week we will be putting out a very positive message of the future of this country. but i think at the moment we should mourn those who have died and thank all of those people, the services i've talked about, but also ordinary people who just tried to help out. the leader of the labour party, jeremy corbyn. let's head to downing street and our political correspondent ellie price has been following all of the developments. your thoughts first of all, ellie, on that statement from the prime minister? we did hear some very strong language. we absolutely dead. it was a robust statement from the prime minister. the takeout phrase from that was, enough is enough. she talked in very strong terms about what she thinks needs to be done. she said there are four main points that would need to be addressed with theissue that would need to be addressed with the issue of islamic extremism. she talked about dealing with the ideology of islamic extremism in the first place, dealing with the
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internet and online internet companies that need to do more in order to deal with some of the terrorist... terrorist articles that are found on websites in some of these online companies. she also talked about, she mustn't forget the safe 5 pa ces talked about, she mustn't forget the safe spaces in the real world. she said there needed to be difficult and sometimes embarrassing conversations with some of the communities here at home. and she also talked about reviewing counterterrorism strategy, and particularly for example she talked about potentially changing custodial sentences of some of those people who have been involved in terrorist activities. she said even some of those less serious activities may need to have longer custodial sentences. it was strong language from the prime minister as to what exactly needs to be done about it. but she also made an important point. she said the two main political parties, the conservatives
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and the labour party, had agreed to postpone national campaigning until the end of the day. also, the snp and the liberal democrats and the green party have also said that they will suspend all of their campaigning for the rest of the day. ukip being the only party who today say they will not suspend their campaigning. they say that is exactly what the terrorists would want. broadly speaking, there is a sense amongst the political parties, and you heard from jeremy corbyn gestede, they are essentially agree with theresa may that respect it needs to be shown for those who were killed and injured in last night's attack. there is a fine line between that and in any way threatening the democratic process on thursday, when of course there is that general election. yes, ali, thank you for now. our political correspondent ellie price in downing street. you are watching bbc news. we are broadcasting continually from here at london bridge, across the uk and across the world. there is a british
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general election this coming thursday. all of the analysts i have been talking to say there is no suggestion that this attack is linked specifically to the general election. but lots of questions have been asked of politicians of all parties here in the uk today as to whether it should go ahead, whether it is possible to delay it, whether it is possible to delay it, whether it is possible to delay it, whether it is technically, legally possible. one government minister who was asked about that said he didn't even think it was technically possible. parliament is dissolved, campaigning continues, albeit not today, not here, but someday it will regime. therefore all of the suggestions and assumptions are that absolutely the general election goes ahead —— someday it will resume. that goes ahead as planned on thursday the 8th ofjune, just a few days from now. just bring you up to date if you are just joining just bring you up to date if you are justjoining us, we are broadcasting from london bridge in central london. you may recognise the shard,
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the building behind me, a famous building, although it is relatively new. even if you don't know the capital, you may well know that building. there is now a very large police cordon in operation around here. a vehicle drove across london bridge, knocking down pedestrians, grim similarities with the attack that we saw in march on westminster bridge. then it drove into a very busy area called boro market and more people were hurt. continuing coverage on bbc news. we will now leave bbc two. we will return to bbc one. turn over if you would like to see the coverage. welcome again to viewers joining us on bbc one. you are watching continuing coverage from here at london bridge. we live on bbc one, the bbc news channel, and across the world on bbc world news. i amjane hill, we'll keep you up—to—date with this developing story. worth
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reiterating that we heard from the commissioner of the metropolitan police, cressida dick, in the last hour. she said it is an ongoing police operation, but the met police are as adamant as they can be that all three attackers involved here last night, saturday night, have been shot dead. the attackers were shot dead in fact within eight minutes of the first report of an incident on going. that report came through at eight minutes past ten in the evening, local time, that pedestrians had been hit by a vehicle, by a van, on london bridge. those reports went out immediately, and within eight minutes, she told journalists, three assailants had been shot dead. the prime minister theresa may has addressed journalists, addressed the nation in the last half an hour using very strong language in deed, saying that this ideology must end. there has been too much tolerance of this
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ideology, that was one of the things she said. worth reminding our international viewers that we are building up to a general election here, due this coming thursday in the uk. let's go to scotland yard, our home affairs chris bond and daniel sandford has been following all of the developments. —— our home affa i rs all of the developments. —— our home affairs correspondent. you have heard from cressida dick and from the prime minister. your assessment of where we are this morning with this investigation, with the threat level in the united kingdom? first of all, on the investigation, the home secretary, the woman in charge of security, the minister in charge of security, the minister in charge of security, the minister in charge of security for the uk, has said this morning that they believe that they have killed all of the main perpetrators of this attack. so the police and the security services do not believe that there is anyone at large who was directly involved in this attack. that is the belief, at least at the moment. within eight
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minutes of this attack beginning last night, the three main suspects had all been shot dead by police, which was a startlingly fast response. obviously a very serious loss of life, seven people killed, but the fact that it. so quickly has clearly prevented quite a loss of life. there is a great going on in barking, in the far north—east of london this morning. that seems to bea london this morning. that seems to be a flat linked to at least one of the men shot dead by police last night. neighbours, it is believe they have identified him from some of the pictures they have seen from the scene. it does seem as if that flat is at least a link to one of the people involved in the attack. there is some suggestion of other people who were in the flat or in neighbouring flats being led away from the scene overnight. that deals with the investigation. so far as public confidence, i think we are now ina public confidence, i think we are now in a slightly different situation in the uk, after having had three attacks in less than three
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months, on the 22nd of march on westminster bridge, the 22nd of may on manchester arena, then the 3rd of june last night. there is starting to bea june last night. there is starting to be a concern in the minds of the public about whether the police are able to deal with what is coming at them at the moment. the police's response to that is, look at what we did do last night. you couldn't have really stopped that attack starting, but what we did do was stop it continuing. thirdly this morning, it is very, very significant speech from theresa may on the steps of downing street, her central london home, in which she said that things are going to have to change. now, thatis are going to have to change. now, that is a very, very significant moment. because there hasn't been a step up in rhetoric in this country over counterterrorism really since tony blair said back in 2005 after the 7th ofjuly bombing attack that the 7th ofjuly bombing attack that the rules of the game were changing. and theresa may saying things have change in terms of combating this vile ideology, as she put it, reducing the safe space on the
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internet for the extremists. this government has been critical in recent months of internet companies, people running in crypt and apps, people running in crypt and apps, people hosting sites on facebook and youtube were extremists are being allowed to flourish. i think that is going to become a very essential bit of what they do next. in terms of safe 5 pa ces of what they do next. in terms of safe spaces in the real world, is britain now going to become more interventionist again in places like syria and libya and afghanistan's i think that would be a significant change in policy compared to what britain has been doing in terms of withdrawing from these areas a little bit in recent years. and then fourthly, theresa may talked about the local uk defensive counterterrorism strategy and whether that has to get water off. she talked about possibly longer sentences, even for minor terrorism offences —— weather that has the get more tough. that is the area that tony blair went into 12 years ago
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and got himself into trouble in terms of trying to seek if suspects could be detained for three months, and ultimately being defeated by the courts and by parliament. it is a big moment for theresa may, coming out and saying things have to change. that won't be easy, particularly as there is less political consensus in this country than there was around that sort of stuff. you could still campaigning today when the other parties have campaigned, they hope to make political capital out of the attack. the two main parties saying they will not campaign today. jeremy corbyn has been much less in favour of some of the government's counterterrorism strategy than the conservatives were when labour were in power. so i think it is quite a lot of hard thinking ahead for the security establishment about how they deal with that loss of confidence, about how they deal with theresa may's plan going ahead. just a thought, daniel, as well about the threat level. because it was at its
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highest in the wake of the manchester attack, the bomb attack at the end of the concert that killed 22 people. it was reduced slightly. just your assessment of what that means, whether that will change, remind us of how that works? you have got to think about what the threat levels are there for. they are therefore by emergency services, the security services, for their state of readiness. for example, when the threat level is critical, hospitals have to be kind of expecting casualties at any moment. the police have to be on an extremely high level of alert, as do some of the militaries of port services that are sometimes available for them in the event of attacks like last night —— services. the reason that it went up to critical after the manchester attack was concerned that there might have been other members of the bombing tea m been other members of the bombing team that has not been captured. there was a reason why there was a worry that an attack might be imminent. once they were satisfied that there was not other members of
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the bombing network out there, that is why the threat level came back down to severe, which after all still means that an attack is highly likely, and indeed one of those highly likely attacks did happen last night. i'm not sure there will be concern in security circles about the threat level having come down. the reason why it hasn't gone up again this morning is because what amber rudd, the home secretary, said. they believe they have got all of the main perpetrators in this attack. they don't at this point think there is a second wave of this attack. there will be a real concern about copycat attacks, though. people looking at what happened and thinking, maybe i will do the same thing. that would be the thing that might trigger it at some point back into critical if that decision was made. there is a clear decision this morning that they have got the main perpetrators and they are not going to rank it back up to that critical state again, because it is frankly very weasels intensive for them to be at that alert state. -- resource intensive. bank you, daniel
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sandford. —— thank you. let's turned to the human impact and think thomas's hospital. helena lee is our correspondent who is bringing us up—to—date with the people who were injured, of course, overnight —— think says hospital. we are about one mile from where you are, just along the river at st thomass, one of five hospitals where the injured we re of five hospitals where the injured were taken last night. here at st thomas', nine patients were admitted in the early hours of this morning. we have been told that four of them remain here, five of them were discharged from hospital well of them —— well enough to go home but four remain. there are other hospitals as well, while patients we re hospitals as well, while patients were admitted into the royal london hospital last night, and at kings college, 14 people were admitted to that hospital —— i2 college, 14 people were admitted to that hospital —— 12 patients at royal london. we know that 48
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patients were admitted to hospital last night, and some of those patients remain in a critical condition. and here at think thomas will team up, we are told there is in enhance security, people who are arriving for appointments today being told that if they can they should bring photo identification with them. the 48 patients remain in hospital today, and also, not only with that medical help, when they are ready they will also be given a specially trained officer in terms of trying to come to terms with and deal with what they went through last night. thank you, helena. helena lee at st thomas' hospital. we are continuing with coverage all day here, seven people killed overnight in central london in that terrorist attack. 48 people injured. continuing coverage from london
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bridge. we will talk to an eyewitness in just a bridge. we will talk to an eyewitness injust a moment. you are watching bbc news. as we have been talking about those hurt overnight, 48 injured, seven people known to have died in that attack. and a very strong statement from the prime minister. let's take a few minutes to reflect on everything that went on here in this london bridge area, late on a saturday night, in warm saturday evening in the capital. even if you don't know london, you would have the sense on such a beautiful evening as that but a huge number of people would have been out and about, trying to enjoy themselves on what should have beenjust about, trying to enjoy themselves on what should have been just a about, trying to enjoy themselves on what should have beenjust a red or saturday evening. richard angell has joined me here at the shard —— a beautiful saturday evening. richard, explain where you were last night, saturday night, what you were doing
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and what you saw? why was a wonderful restaurant with a group of friends, we had come up from south london and we had a friend over from sydney. we were sitting on the table nearest the door. suddenly it became clear that the security from borough market the same, close the door, lock it down, and duck and cover. this young guy puts his foot in the door and holds it closed. peter people understandably panicked, there was food flying everywhere. people didn't need to be told twice that they needed to put themselves first and look after themselves. i looked up and over and could see a quy looked up and over and could see a guy who was throwing a table, we didn't know what that was about. there was a wonderfully heroic guy who put his life before ours, which is remarkable. our life before his, sorry. he was throwing the table at somebody he thought was the attacker? that's what it turned out to be. a few minutes later, somebody was coming out of the restaurant next door covered in blood. holding their chest or their neck and going
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out and meandering through. and i hope they got the paramedic support that they clearly desperately needed, and i hope that person is not one of the people that you just mentioned previously. did you or your friends have any sense of what had happened to that person? what was going through your mind? security said, there is an incident, lock yourself in, people were panicking. to be honest, me and my friend, we were called when other people were panicking, just trying to get people to firstly go upstairs so they were a bit safer, to stop people panicking using the forest gate. i thought going out to the unknown was the worst thing to do at that time —— using the fire escape. we had a pregnant lady who needed a seat and some water. and probably more calm than we could have provided, but we try to look out for her. the police arrived almost immediately. doing their remarkable work, they did a suite of the area. some gunshots went off, which was worrying. they did two sweeps of the
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area and more gunshots. there was a tiny little window in a very long restau ra nt. tiny little window in a very long restaurant. we tried to piece together from social media what was happening out on the bridge. we were clearly in the middle of something may be related but clearly quite different as well stop by you and your friend stayed pretty calm. she was phenomenal. she got them turning off all of the hobbs, getting the candles down, she was great. why you not frightened, by the same token? the war you think about it, the more you were. i kind of realised, when they said we were coming out, we we re they said we were coming out, we were meandering round, people's shoes that had fallen off, blood, people's wallets that they had dropped. we got to this area, that was where we were safe. suddenly they moved the cordon, we were not safe. that mixed feeling of, i'm ok, my friend is here, and oh, no, we're not safe. that was when it started to see then, what we have been part
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of. richard, do stay with us. you are joining of. richard, do stay with us. you arejoining us on our international channel, bbc world, i'd love to continue to talk to you. welcome to viewers joining continue to talk to you. welcome to viewersjoining us again on bbc world news. i'm talking to richard angell who was in the london bridge area last night. richard, you were ina area last night. richard, you were in a restaurant in borough market?|j was in a restaurant in borough market?” was in the heart of the warren market. there is one restaurant on top of the other, a bustling street, one of my favourite bits of this city —— borough market. we have to go back to that restaurant, because it was lovely, the food was great, we kept the staff who were great and thought about our needs when they should have just been worrying about ourselves —— we tipped the star. we we re ourselves —— we tipped the star. we were in the heart of it. we saw somebody covered in blood, somebody trying to throw stuff at these terrible people, cowardly people trying to change our way of life. we are back this morning because they ain't going to. you talk about london with such affection and the sense that life must carry on. are
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you a londoner? do you think about your safety and security in this city? not quite born and bred but this is my home, i have worked here since i left university. manchester has shown britain at its best over the last two weeks and now it is london's turn to step up. we will do that, we have done it in 2005 and other occasions, sadiq khan spoke beautifully on behalf of all londoners, the mayor of london did a greatjob. he symbolises that unity and diversity, we will not let these people win. if me having a gin and tonic with my friends, flirting with handsome men, cranking out with brilliant women offends these people so much, i will do it more, not less, because that is what makes london the best, the best city in the world, and we will go out and enjoy it more, i am more determined than ever to love the city that looks after me. the emergency
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services were just phenomenal, they we re were there within seconds, they kept us were there within seconds, they kept us safe, they swept the place, and two things stuck with me. when we we re two things stuck with me. when we were leaving, the police were our eyes and ears as we try to avoid blood, people's shoes that had fallen off, wallets that had been dropped, they kept us safe. secondly, a paramedic looking after a woman who was sadly facedown on the ground, i thought, they run at danger then turn their back on danger then turn their back on danger to put together the light in front of them while we are running away. i have not thought about it before but they seem to be the most vulnerable at that point and they do the most remarkable thing and i might never meet the people who make judgments that saved my life last night but i am thankfulfor judgments that saved my life last night but i am thankful for them judgments that saved my life last night but i am thankfulfor them and i hope london hugs them in lots of ways. clearly you say in every way, life carries on, london bounces back in the way that we see manchester bounce back. a democracy, go and
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vote, people, go and meet someone you have never spoken a different pa rt you have never spoken a different part of the world, an australian, someone from pakistan, africa, that is that is what is so great about london! cowardly, small—minded people should not change our way of life, they won't make me scared on the streets of london, and i think the streets of london, and i think the people of manchester have inspired us in the last fortnight andi inspired us in the last fortnight and i hope londoners do their bit and i hope londoners do their bit andi and i hope londoners do their bit and i am confident they will step up to the plate. really good to hear your optimism this morning, thank your optimism this morning, thank you very much on a very bleak morning in very many ways but good to hear some optimism there. richard angel, who was in a restaurant in the borough market area, the second area hit in that terrorist attack last night. if you don't know the capital, it is worth reminding you of events as they unfolded, to give you a sense of the geography of this, the first call came in at ten of 8pm local time, that was talk of
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reports of a van driving along london bridge, one of the major bridges here, mowing down pedestrians, many pedestrians hit on that bridge. then the vehicle stopped, eyewitnesses reported people, men getting out of the vehicle and stabbing people in the street. they then, as cressida dick, metropolitan police commissioner, explained earlier, they then ran in the direction of borough market. i will just pause the direction of borough market. i willjust pause while this ambulance goes past. very noisy here, lots of activity still, an ambulance just going off to my left there. the attackers ran in the direction of borough market, an area full of bars and restaurants, the younger than i was just talking to, one of the restau ra nt was just talking to, one of the restaurant he was eating dinner, there would have been hundreds, thousands of people in the borough market area on a warm saturday evening, the attack carried on there. but the attack was ended in
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there. but the attack was ended in the space of eight minutes, the call went through to police at 10:08pm, cressida dick telling journalists that, as far as she is concerned, all three attackers were shot dead within eight minutes will stop that was the direction of the attack. regrettably, however, within those eight minutes, seven people lost their lives and 48 people were injured. over the course of the night and the morning we have been getting a lot of photographs, footage sent through to us by viewers, listeners, sending back to the bbc, and we can see one of those images that we have been looking at today, and we believe that this is a picture of one of the attackers after they had been shot dead by the police. you might be able to make out from that photograph that they are wearing a best, there are
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canisters. cressida dick, metropolitan police commissioner, reminding people that those vests turned out to be fake, presumably designed to look like some sort of suicide vest, that was not the case, she set her officers report that they were fake but those were the vests they were wearing and that is one of the images that has been sent through to us here at the bbc by a viewer. we are broadcasting here from london bridge, from the police cordon, as you can probably see, this is as close as we are allowed to get to the site. in the last half an hour or so the prime minister emerged on the steps of downing street, she had been chairing the emergency cobra meeting. senior cabinet ministers at that meeting, also the mayor of london, the emergency meeting that was under way, she spoke to journalists at the end of the meeting, it is worth hearing again that strong statement from theresa may. we cannot and must not pretend that
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things can continue as they are. things need to change, and they need to change in a four important ways. first, well the recent attacks are not connected by, networks, they are connected in one important sense. they are bound together by the single evil ideology of islamist extremism that preaches hatred, so his division, and promotes sectarianism. it is an ideology that claims our western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of islam. it is an ideology that is a perversion of islam, and a perversion of the truth. defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time, but it cannot be defeated through military intervention alone. it will not be defeated through the maintenance of
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a permanent defensive counterterrorism operation, however skilful its leaders and practitioners. it will only be debated when we turn people's minds away from this violence and make them understand that our values, pluralistic british values, are superior to anything offered by their preachers and supporters of hate. second, we cannot allow this ideology the fake space it needs to breed, yet that is what the internet and big companies to provide internet services provide. we need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to regulate the spread of extremism and terrorism planning and we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online. third, while we need to
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deprive the extremist of their fake spaces online, we must not forget about the safe spaces that continue to exist in the real world. yes, that means taking military action to destroy isis in iraq and syria, but it also means taking action here at home. while we have made significant progress in recent years, there is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. so we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stabbing attack across the public sector and across society. that will require difficult and often embarrassing conversations but the whole of our country needs to come together to take on this conversation and we need to live our lives not in a series of separated, segregated communities but as one truly united kingdom. fourth, we
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have a robust counterterrorism strategy that has proved successful over many yea rs, strategy that has proved successful over many years, but as the nature of the threat we face becomes more complex, more fragmented, more hidden, especially online, the strategy needs to keep up. so in light of what we are learning about the changing threat, we need to review britain's counterterrorism strategy to make sure police and security services have all the powers they need. that was theresa may speaking outside 10 downing street in the last hour or so. again, we are only a few days away from a general election in this country, voters go to the polls on thursday, national campaigning has been suspended for today. let's take a few minutes to talk to a number of politicians about the impact there and indeed the events here at london bridge overnight. let's speak first of all to the leader of the liberal
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democrats, tim farronjoins me now from edinburgh. first of all, just in terms of what we have witnessed, what's the capital has experienced overnight, your thoughts this morning? my heart goes out to those people who have been affected by this. it is utterly heartbreaking to see the lost lives, to see the injuries. but i'm afraid i'm utterly angry in the sense that here we are again. what we must, as a community, do is to make sure that we defend our country, defend ourselves against terrorism. now, that does not mean letting the pathetic cowards who did what they did last night when bite us dismissing our democracy or getting rid of our freedoms, but it does mean that we must stand together to defeat this evil menace. when you say you are angry, who are you angry with? i'm
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angry, who are you angry with? i'm angry at the terrorists, i'm angry at what was a meaningless act. the extremists who did what they did with a perverse religious ideology, which they are very clear about, their ideology is not advanced by this, we see deaths of people, utterly meaningless, the appalling attack on innocent lives, this is an affront to everything that is decent and write in any country, and so it is right that we say, as the country, that we will not tolerate is throwing away of democracy, the election is to be on thursday then, after the respectful suspension of national campaigning today, it is right that we are defiant and carry on. but it is right or so that we do everything we can to tackle this menace. the prime minister said enough is enough, but enough was enough is enough, but enough was enough after the first one of these and the review of counterterrorism
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strategy is something we have been calling forfor some strategy is something we have been calling for for some time, the need to invest in police and security so that we all feel secure in the communities in which we live and where we raise our families. that is immensely important. but it is also very important that this is a day where we pay tribute to those people, the emergency services who risked their lives and showed immense compassion for people in that extreme and terrifying set of circumstances last night, we are very, very grateful to them and we are immensely proud of them, as well. and so when the prime minister says things are going to have to change, do you echo that, do you think that is accurate? well, we have been calling for a review of counterterrorism strategy for some time, but it is good to see that today the prime minister has echoed that, and what we need to do now is all work together, all parties, security services, and do what will
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work to make us safer. and as we do that we need to remember that the terrorists hate us, they hate our values, they hate our freedom, and so what we must not do in this process is trade away our freedoms, because if we did then the terrorists would have won. tim farron, thank you very much for your thoughts, the leader of the liberal democrats speaking to us from edinburgh. let's hear from labour as edinburgh. let's hearfrom labour as well, i am joined by yvette cooper, who is also a chairof joined by yvette cooper, who is also a chair of cause of the home affairs select committee. again, your thoughts first of all just about everything that the capital has been through overnight? this wasjust a violent, cowardly attack, and i think everyone will be thinking of all of those who have been affected, people who may have lost family and friends and how devastating that is, and also to take immense tribute to the police. the speed at which they got there, the speed at which they took control of the whole situation,
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they have undoubtedly saved lives with the wei young which they responded last night and we should pay in menstrie bid to them and support them in the very difficult work they will be doing right now in order to try and find out anyone else who may have been involved in this vile attack, anyone else who may have been caught up in this evil, this extremism that has hurt so many people last night. and did you welcome that strong tone from the prime minister when she talked about the ideology and she said, things are going to have to change, she was very strong on that, do you welcome that sort of approach?” hope there will be cross—party support. the action because it is something the select committee has called for, we have obviously heard the prime minister make some of those points before, some of the things i would add to the things that she said would be, we also have to have consideration about
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resources , to have consideration about resources, as the met commissioner set herself today. we also need to have stronger proposals for action on online radicalisation, which the select committee has recommended, that companies should be fined if they are not taking down jihad apart began and all extremist propaganda, which should be removed because it is illegal. there should also be stronger action around community prevention and again the select committee has proposed for some time stronger action to support family or friends who fear somebody maybe becoming groomed or radicalised because you need that action in place, so i hope we can have that serious and sensible debate but, most immediately, all of us will simply want to support the work the police, the intelligence agencies and everyone is doing right now to keep everybody safe. can i just ask you about public confidence as well? this was an attack on a soft target, just as a couple of weeks ago we saw
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similar with even more devastating consequences at the end of a pop concert. these are peoplejust consequences at the end of a pop concert. these are people just going out, living a normal life, having a nice time, socialising with friends. how can the public continue to do that, wherever they live in the united kingdom, with confidence? what would you say to people watching this who might feel a degree of despair thinking, how can we continue to live our lives in a normal way without being frightened, which some people might be? you heard the words from the met commissioner today and also from the mayor of london, and of course as part of the manchester attack we heard the words from the mayor of manchester about the importance of us not allowing the terrorists to undermine our normal way of life. that means we have to
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have a strong response to them but also a sense of community is coming together. you cannot let three vile terrorists" and in the democratic rights of tens of millions of people, it is why we have to continue with the general election and be strong and confident about celebrating our democracy that they wa nt to celebrating our democracy that they want to undermine, and for the same reason we cannot allow them to threaten our normal way of life. we should have confidence in our values, which they hate. we cannot let their hatred win. yvette cooper, thank you for your time, labour's yvette cooper, chair of the home affa i rs yvette cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee. let's hear more from the conservatives, i'm joined by senior conservatives, i'm joined by senior conservative iain duncan smith. thank you for being with us. i will ask you the same, if i may. public confidence, how can, how do people feel confident now just confidence, how can, how do people feel confident nowjust going about their normal day—to—day lives in light of this? firstly can i just say, in answering this question, that my thoughts and prayers definitely go out to the people that have been hurt, the families of those that have been killed, and any you will be worried now of those
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wounded, many of whom are in a critical state, i understand. wounded, many of whom are in a criticalstate, iunderstand. i wounded, many of whom are in a critical state, i understand. iam wounded, many of whom are in a critical state, i understand. i am a london mp, i woke up this morning like everybody else to suddenly hear there had been this terrible attack and after i try to figure it out, like everybody else, i had a sense that, i had a son who was up in london, he does not live in london, suddenly my wife and i had a fear, where was he? we tried to contact him, it took1.5 where was he? we tried to contact him, it took 1.5 hours before we found out he wasn't there and therefore i feel so many people will be doing exactly the same, petrified, were read, full of anxiety and my thoughts go to them as well. i think people need to get this into perspective. the security services were brilliant last night. eight minutes, they had everybody dead, which means they are right in the right place to be, ready to react and secure the lives of those people that were being attacked last night, and we owe a debt to them and i think they did brilliantly last night. people generally need to
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carry on doing the things that they do. the one thing we mustn't let is the scum, really, these terrorists try to change the way we live, which is why it is right for us to continue with the election and go—ahead on thursday and give the british people their choice. that is critical. the statement by the prime minister today hit exactly the right note, very powerful statement and it tells everybody that we must act, and if we have to change things like the laws, if we have to say to cyber companies, it is no good, you cannot avoid responsibilities, you cannot let this stuff be on the net, we have to deal with them and that needs international support, and she will immediately get on with that, and the third area is public bodies, everybody in britain must be equal in the face of the law, we cannot make in the face of the law, we cannot ma ke allowa nces in the face of the law, we cannot make allowances any longer for some communities, careful about everybody in those communities needs to be protected. these extremists operate where there is a glimmer of difference and we must shut that
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down and she was right about that, too. i wonder, iain down and she was right about that, too. iwonder, iain duncan down and she was right about that, too. i wonder, iain duncan smith, whether people watching, however, will say, i hear you, they may agree with what you say there, they may also be watching this this morning saying, this is the third attack on british soil in as many months. there will be people were read, concerned, there just will be, that three in three months, that is a natural human reaction. i wonder what you say to those people? the reality is that what the terrorists wa nt to reality is that what the terrorists want to do is to try and stop those people, british people, going about their daily business, going to work, going out in the evening. of course they need to be concerned and more vigilant, which is what the police are saying, but the prime minister's statement today came off the back of the cobra meeting in which the security services actually advise
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her what they need and what they want, and that statement today was their view, i believe, that there is a pattern nowjust beginning to emerge about these wildcat attacks, inspired by isil in the middle east particularly and by other extremist organisations, who are now asking people to go out and just commit these attacks in the name of their god, which is simply not what the majority of those in the religion believe, but nonetheless it has persuaded them to do that, so be extra vigilant and careful but at the end of the day the prime minister made it clear that whatever security services need, new laws, tightening up if necessary to have in—house incarceration, we will have to look at that, but also to make sure cyber companies no longer allow our children to go through these sites, lots of pa rents children to go through these sites, lots of parents don't know what their children are looking at right now, and only the
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cyber companies, these big companies that operate in the internet, they need to face up to their responsibilities as well and i know many people out there were read they have avoided this for too long, made excuses, found reasons why not. if we wa nt excuses, found reasons why not. if we want to protect people's human rights, the first thing we have to do is make sure those who would take them away from them violently need to be dealt with, and that requires those companies yewtree to step up, and to that degree theresa may today spoke on behalf of most right—thinking people. spoke on behalf of most right-thinking people. iain duncan smith, thank you very much for your time. the general election is on thursday, of course. all the parties making the point it goes ahead as planned, democracy goes ahead. let's hear again and little bit from the commission of the metropolitan police, cressida dick. she spoke outside scotland yard a little while ago. last night we saw another tragic and appalling incident in london, something we hoped we would not see again. obviously my thoughts are
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with all of those affected, those injured, and the families of those innocent people who died whilst out enjoying a saturday night in our capital. in the early hours of this morning, i visited one of the hospitals where the injured are being treated. there, i heard truly remarkable stories of extraordinarily brave actions by officers on and off duty, who were first on the scene. i also heard of collea g u es first on the scene. i also heard of colleagues from other emergency services and members of the public who ran towards the danger as this incident unfolded. many, many people risked their own safety to help others and to treat those seriously injured, and, indeed, to confront
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the suspects involved. it is clear to me that the courage of those people during and following the attack was extraordinary, and i pay tribute to all of them who came to the aid of those in need during this dreadful attack, and i'm sure helped to save lives. cressida dick, the commissioner of the metropolitan police, speaking in the metropolitan police, speaking in the last hour with that update. you are watching bbc news, continuing coverage from london bridge in central london. seven people killed in those terrorist attacks overnight, 48 injured, and are very, very strong statement from the prime minister, speaking outside number ten in the last hour, saying that things will have to change, particularly with reference, for example, to internet companies and cyber companies who allow hate and
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hateful sites to continue online. we are bring gamecube continuing coverage from here at london bridge. —— we are bringing you continuing coverage. you are watching bbc news, continuing coverage from london in the wake of the attack overnight. in london bridge, you might recognise the shard behind become close to london bridge railway station, an area now all cordoned off as police continue their investigation. let's speak to someone from the centre of conflict studies from the university of nottingham. your thoughts about what the investigation will be focusing on right now, because interesting that cressida dick said we, the police, believe we have shot dead all three assailants, therefore what is the key pa rt assailants, therefore what is the key part of the police operation at the moment? the operation is
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identifying, or should have identified by now, who those three assa ila nts identified by now, who those three assailants were, they will be looking at their associates, families, friends, to find out if this is part of a wider terror network, and once they are able to establish whether it is or it isn't, they will then make an assessment on they will then make an assessment on the threat level, or the joint terrorism analysis centre, jtac, will make an assessment on the threat level. if it does prove to be pa rt threat level. if it does prove to be part of a wider network, babel try to establish the network, break it down, and in the meantime they will be raising the threat because they will assume that, if there are other people involved, that they may decide to carry out attacks before they are taken off the street. would your assessment be that the security services or police will have known for some time who those three individuals were? i think they would have identified them within minutes. remember the attack in manchester, they identified the bomber within
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two hours, even though he had blown himself up, so we have three bodies here, i think they would probably have identified them within a matter of minutes, if they had any previous record of these people, and even if not within an hour or so they would have known who these people are. and your thoughts about the apparent suicide vests they were wearing, we know now they were fake, canister is designed to look like a suicide vest, what is the point of that? is that purely about the individual trying to make the public more concerned? this is the first case that terrorists have used suicide vests as a deterrent to being attacked, so these are fake vests intended to stop the people on the streets taking them on, because all they had was knives, and so they use these vests to give themselves time to carry out that carnage, otherwise they would have been overpowered by
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they would have been overpowered by the many people out there, men and women who would have taken them down physically because they can't fight that number of people. so this is one of the first cases i know of where suicide vests have been used as deterrents, and it bought them, sadly, valuable minutes. but the other think we should remember is that, as assistant commissioner mark rowley said earlier on today, the police reacted with enormous bravery, those policemen had no idea that those vests were fake, and they would have been within the kill radius of those vests, and yet they did theirjob with enormous precision and agility, and i think thatis precision and agility, and i think that is something we should remember, instead of concentrating on the fact that this attack took place, we must remember that the response, which was quite incredible, prevented this from being far worse than it could have been. very good too happy with us, thank you so much. thank you very
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much for your time and analysis here this morning. you are watching bbc news, i am jane hill at london bridge in central london. in the wake of a terrorist attack which has killed seven people overnight. a white van drove into pedestrians before three men jumped a white van drove into pedestrians before three menjumped out a white van drove into pedestrians before three men jumped out and stabbed people in the streets nearby. they were running in, all of the pubs, all of the bars, i can't remember all of them. i was going to people, run, run, run. the prime minister has emerged from chairing an emergency cobra committee meeting. she said the time has come for things to change. there is,

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