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you so much. thank you very thank you so much. thank you very 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, to
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be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. so we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out. across the public sector, and across society. the prime minister spoke after distressing scenes, where paramedics and the emergency services provided first aid. some of the injured remain in a critical condition in hospital. shouting police put several bars into lockdown. people were ordered to lay on the ground as officers checked that there were no assailants inside the buildings. police say that within eight minutes of receiving the first reports, they had shot dead the three assailants. senior officers say they believe the incident was under control. a large cordon remains in the area around london bridge and borough market.
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and there are many officers on scene as we need still to carry out a thorough search of the area to ensure that everyone has been accounted for. this is the scene this lunchtime on london bridge. campaigning in the general election has been suspended for today by both the conservatives and labour.m has been suspended for today by both the conservatives and labour. it is important to give a message that democracy must prevail. if we allow these attacks to disrupt our democratic process, then we all lose. good afternoon from london bridge in
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central london. i'm jane good afternoon from london bridge in central london. i'mjane hill, bringing you the aftermath of another terrorist attack in this country. following on from the huge attack in manchester just country. following on from the huge attack in manchesterjust a couple of weeks ago and the westminster bridge attack in march. seven people we re bridge attack in march. seven people were killed in this part of london overnight, and 48 injured. speaking in the last hour, the prime minister spoke outside downing street and talked about the single evil ideology of islamic extremism. she has called for it to be tackled head—on. the metropolitan police commissioner, cressida dick, has been praising the remarkable bravery of her police officers, both on duty and off duty. many of them risked their lives by running towards the attackers to confront them. let's just bring you up—to—date with what we know so far about this attack here in the capital on saturday,
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which has claimed the lives of seven people. officers were called to reports of a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians on london bridge, not far from here, at 10:08pm. 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. within eight minutes, by 10:16pm, all three attackers were shot and killed by police. nearly 50 people have been taken to hospital, and a number of others with minor injuries were treated at the scene, as tom symonds reports. —— dan johnson reports. you may find some of the images in his report distressing. the warmth of a summer's evening, shattered by sirens. a huge police response answering urgent calls for help. just after 10pm, this white van
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was driven at people who were walking across london bridge. it crashed near southwark cathedral. 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 were saying, i think they were saying, this is for allah. and people, you could hear them screaming. they were getting stabbed. when i first see them, they we re stabbed. when i first see them, they were screaming, 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. terror rippled through the area's bars and restaurants. police ordered people to get down, as they tried to
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identify the attackers. others were told to run, as armed officers moved in and cleared the area. then, this. gunfire. less than ten minutes after the first calls, it was over. three attackers shot dead. they had canisters taped to their bodies, made looked like suicide vests — but not real, the police say. the ambulances and hospital services put emergency plans into action. 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. i visited one of the hospitals where the injured were being treated. there i heard truly remarkable stories of extraordinarily brave actions by officers on and off duty
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who were 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 co nfro nt those seriously injured, and indeed to confront the suspects involved. behind a growing police cordon, teams were still checking the area, for a while unsure if other attackers were still a threat. controlled explosions as they searched buildings. this morning, the prime minister chaired an emergency committee meeting. once again, she's been forced to confront some tough issues. we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face, as terrorism breeds terrorism, and perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the
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basis of carefully constructed plots after yea rs of basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as low 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. most parties have suspended election campaigning for the rest of today at least. we won't be campaigning nationally during today, but we'll resume later on. because i think 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. london is becoming all too accustomed to attacks on its people. but the mayor said its spirit would not be broken. it is true, or -- our great city is calm and vigilant
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today. you will see an increased police presence. there is no reason to be alarmed by this. we are the safest global city in the world. you saw last night, the planning and preparation and rehearsals that take place, the swift response from emergency services tackling the terrorists and helping the injured. ona terrorists and helping the injured. on a still sunday morning, london has to consider the implications of another attack. as a growing police investigation and a large area is still sealed off. this cd has filed the impact of terror many times, but it is dull painful, it is still a test of the city's resolve —— this city has felt the impact of terror many times. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is at scotland yard. first, let's talk about the emergency response. a lot of praise and comments from the police and politicians about the speed of that
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response after those initial phone calls came through. yes, it has been very noticeable that the amount of praise that has been heaped on the police. the point that the police have made about how quickly their responded. there is a motorcycle rally going past here at the moment, you'll have to forgive the noise. they are making that point to show that they are able to deal with this and they were able to curtail it and stop further loss of life. that was a very... hello? they are attempting to stop further loss of life, it was very important in what happened last night, that is very significant, that is why people we re very significant, that is why people were highlighting how quickly the response was and how important that those attackers were stopped. there is an issue, a confidence issue, that members of the public will be
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starting to think, hang on a minute, we had an attack on the 22nd of march in london, 22nd of may in manchester, and now the 3rd ofjune, last night. the police and government will want to reassure people that they are doing everything they can. that is why the quick response time is being highlighted so much delay. and we heard strong words from the prime minister. and when she says, things will have to change, what, in your understanding, could those sort of things by? she has been talking for some time about internet companies, their role and responsibility in all of this. what sort of changes do you feel we could be seeing?” of this. what sort of changes do you feelwe could be seeing? i think there is a really, really significant moment this morning. the direction of travel since labour fell from power in 2010 has been to consolidate the powers that government and the police had already taken to counteract in
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counterterrorism to a degree to row back a little bit in terms of control orders, changing those over the terrorism prevention investigation measures. until today, really, the goverment‘s been saying, well, we will look again at prevent but not do anything significant in terms of going forward. theresa may has, onto the steps downing street this morning saying, things have to change. echoing what tony blair said after the 7th ofjuly bombings in 2005 when he said, the rules of the game are changing. he introduced a lot of the kind of prevent and counter extremism measures that have become quite controversial in recent yea rs. become quite controversial in recent years. and also he introduced measures which didn't make it past the courts and parliament in the end. for example, the 90 days detention while somebody was being investigated for terrorism offences fell away, they never managed to get that through and it is now back down to two weeks at the moment. what she
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was talking about was dealing with the safe spaces where extremists can breed on the internet. they talked a bit about that in the past, but she was very bit about that in the past, but she was very strong bit about that in the past, but she was very strong on bit about that in the past, but she was very strong on that, seeking international cooperation to deal with encrypted messaging, websites like facebook and youtube where extremists are able to post material and it doesn't always get taken down very quickly. she also talks about dealing with the safe spaces in the real world , dealing with the safe spaces in the real world, places both overseas and here, where we could be doing more to make sure that extremism cannot flourish. again, potentially some very controversial decisions to be made. does britain re—engage in some places that it has withdrawn for a bit in recent years? re—engage horizontal in libya, iraq, syria, afghanistan? these will be controversial decisions that wouldn't necessarily have political consensus given the leadership of the labour pa rty‘s consensus given the leadership of the labour party's view about those things at the moment. she talked about dealing with our counterterrorism defences, looking
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uganda at our —— looking again at our counterterrorism strategy, the prevent strategy. she has talked about longer sentences for even more minor offences, again quite controversial, the political consensus is less close than it was 12 years ago. it is quite a big moment and she is going to have to live up to those words. thank you, daniel sandford. if you are watching in the uk, coverage ends now on bbc one, but you can continue to watch on the bbc news channel. and you are watching bbc news, continuing coverage here from london bridge. i'mjane coverage here from london bridge. i'm jane hill, coverage here from london bridge. i'mjane hill, and we will keep coverage here from london bridge. i'm jane hill, and we will keep you up—to—date with all of the developments after another grim night in the united kingdom. seven people losing their lives. 48 people
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injured. let's hear from people losing their lives. 48 people injured. let's hearfrom some of people losing their lives. 48 people injured. let's hear from some of the eyewitnesses, the people we have been talking to hear on bbc news in the last few hours. people who were out and about in the london bridge, borough market area on that saturday night. let's hear some of their experiences. again, you may find elements of what they have been telling us upsetting. my husband witnessed a stabbing of a man that just appeared to be standing outside a cafe. he witnessed that. i saw the two men, one of whom my husband confirmed was the one who committed the stabbing, running down the street. i know for sure that one of them had implement in his hand. had a long implement in his hand. they run a long implement in his hand. they ru n towards a long implement in his hand. they run towards the southwark tavern. i tried to call the police. i said at that point my husband that we should go. i sawa
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that point my husband that we should go. i saw a man in red with quite a large lady. —— a quite large blade. he was stabbing a man, it was maybe about ten inches she was stabbing him about three times, fairly, calmly. it looked like the man at been trying to intervene. there wasn't much he could do. he stabbed him quite coldly, and he was onto the ground. then we heard three gunshots. one guy walked out in the road, managed to grab the attention of one of the police cars and basically forced them down that road saying, look, you have to go down stoney street, you have to go down there, you stand there. this one police 4x4 screeched down stony street. easily within five seconds there were six gunshots and what to ask sounded like six clear gunshots.
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i saw somebody having cpr, laying on the floor. they were trying to reanimate them. and then we were with this guy who took us, people we re with this guy who took us, people were saying, run, run. this guy took us were saying, run, run. this guy took us in his car. we were with this other guy, we cross the bridge and this guy dropped us, me and my friend. and then the police told us to run. i heard four shots, and i thought, that's gunfire. i went outside and i thought, right, yeah, maybe, maybe not. iwalked back in the office again. about three or four more shots. screaming and shouting. we saw... i think i four more shots. screaming and shouting. we saw... i thinkl saw about six people lying on the pavement and industry. i saw —— in the street. i saw one person having cpr administered. it didn't look very good. i then attempted to call 999. before i could get through to
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anyone, the police started to arrive, started arriving. very quickly you could see it was something much more serious as you heard the gunshots around borough people were being evacuated with their hands over their heads. it is a procedure for the police to read short there is not a suspect, it looks bad with hordes of people with their hands over their heads —— to ensure there is not a suspect. some of the accounts that we have been hearing in the last few hours. the police operation is ongoing. but the head of the metropolitan police was keen to stress that as far as the police force is concerned, all three attackers have been shot dead. let's hear more of what cressida dick had to say. she is still relatively new in thejob, now to say. she is still relatively new in the job, now the commissioner of the metropolitan police. let's hear what she told journalists in the last couple of hours. last night we saw another appalling
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and tragic incident in london. something we hoped we would not see again. obviously my thoughts are 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
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risked their own safety to help others and to treat those seriously injured, and indeed to confront the suspects involved. it's 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. as you know, our officers confronted the suspects, and brought this terrible incident to a conclusion within eight minutes. 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
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current information is that 48 people have been injured. and 48 people have been injured. and 48 people were indeed taken towards the doorfor people were indeed taken towards the door for treatment. people were indeed taken towards the doorfor treatment. —— people were indeed taken towards the door for treatment. —— taken to hospitalfor door for treatment. —— taken to hospital for treatment. we were called at 10:08pm last night, initially to reports that a vehicle that had struck pedestrians in london bridge. that vehicle continued to drive from london bridge to borough market. the suspects then left the vehicle, and a number of people were stabbed. the suspects were shot dead by armed officers. we believe that this incident is under control. however, a large cordon remains at the area around london bridge and borough market, and there are many officers on scene, as we need
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market, and there are many officers on scene, as we need still to carry out a search of the area to ensure that everyone has been accounted for, and to make the whole area safe. i do appreciate that this has been a terrifying experience for many people, and i would like to thank the people affected in that area for their forbearance as we carry out our work. to anyone who is currently within the cordon, our advice is to stay inside, and our officers will be in touch. if you are concerned, of course, contact us. are concerned, of course, contact us. london bridge station and the underground is also closed. so, for people who might be thinking of travelling to the area, i would ask that you still avoid the area if you possibly can. this is a fast moving investigation. we have very significant resources deployed both to the investigation and to the
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visible patrols that people will be seeing as they wake up this morning. we will have increased patrols in many areas by the police, and these will of course, as you would expect, include armed officers. there is an emergency number is established for anyone who is concerned about your loved ones who perhaps have not returned home. and the casualty bureau number, to remind you, is 0800 0961233. our priority now is to work with our colleagues in the national counterterrorism police network, and also with the intelligence agencies and other security services, to establish more details about these individuals who carried out the attack, and the background to it. finally, this is a
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very worrying time for people, i do understand that. i would ask people in london, londoners and visitors, to remain calm. please of course be very vigilant. and if you see any thing suspicious, anything at all, or you thing suspicious, anything at all, or you are concerned thing suspicious, anything at all, or you are concerned about anyone at all, even if you think it is very insignificant, don't hesitate to contact us. on the under terrorism hotline, zero 800 789 321 —— 08 hundred 789 321. your information could be a vital piece of information. cressida dick, commissioner of the metropolitan police, with the latest on the investigation. as we have been saying, seven people lost their lives here overnight. 48 people are injured. an awful lot more people than that witnessed what was going
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on, because it was a saturday evening. lots and lots of people out on the streets, in the bars and restau ra nts. on the streets, in the bars and restaurants. we've been talking to people with a whole range of experiences. let's hear a little from john stokes, who i spoke to a little earlier this morning. he is a tour guide, little earlier this morning. he is a tourguide, and little earlier this morning. he is a tour guide, and has been a tour guide in the capitalfor many, many yea rs. guide in the capitalfor many, many years. he says his visitors come from all over the world, and he runs, among other things, a london by night tour. and that is why he was actually working last night. his tour was going ahead as usual, even though all of this happened after ten years. he was out with a big tourgroup, and he ten years. he was out with a big tour group, and he told me about is experiences after 10pm.|j tour group, and he told me about is experiences after 10pm. i was on my sightseeing bus last night. we were coming on to london bridge. quite slowly. and i noticed a person lying on the pavement. there were two
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black cabs, two taxis. our driver and myself thought that maybe the person had either been run over or had an accident. so we carried on, slowly, across the bridge, like we normally do. and then we saw another person lying on the other side of the road, on the right side of the bus. and so we became a little bit concerned, because we weren't quite sure what was going on. and then we saw another person, so by the time we got to the third person, i started to think that it might have been a gang—related incident. anyhow, we managed to move a bit further forward, and then the bus came toa further forward, and then the bus came to a stop because the traffic had been stopped by that time. and we saw, i think ice or up to about six people lying on the pavement and in the street. i saw one person having cpr administered. it didn't look very good. i then attempted to
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call 999. before i could get through to anyone, the police started arriving. i would think that we probably arrived within minutes of the incident, because there were no police there. whilst there were people lying all over the place, the police hadn't yet arrived. we ashamed it must have just happened there and then. we saw people running up —— we assumed it must have happened just then and there. i heard one girl screaming on the pavement. oh, he's not breathing, he's not breathing. then after a few minutes, somebody came up to the door of the bus in a uniform. i don't know whether it was a police officer or not, i don't remember. they knocked on the door and they told us to move, to run. so i had to
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go upstairs and speak to our guests, over 70 of them, from all over the world. i told them that we had to evacuate the boss. they did panic, because the guy that was banging on the door kept on shouting, move, move, move, run, run, run. iwas trying to keep the people calm, but they just ran. we trying to keep the people calm, but theyjust ran. we were told to go to theyjust ran. we were told to go to the far end of the bridge, where the monument is. and we were told to wait there. but most of the people that were on the bus disappeared. so, yeah, then at one stage when i was standing over there, a police officer walked past us. he had a sniffer dog. we were a bit concerned that there might be explosives or something to that effect around. anyway, eventually we laughed our bus on the bridge. —— we left our
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bus. i would bus on the bridge. —— we left our bus. iwould imagine bus on the bridge. —— we left our bus. i would imagine it's still there as we speak. john stokes, a tour guide who was out on london bridge when the attack happened last night. he said to me it is a job that he will continue to do. he absolutely loves it. he loves showing people from all over the world what london has to offer. sirens off again, very noisy and busy around here still, as you would expect. we are on the edge of the police cordon. he spoke to that point, london is a multicultural city, it is a city that attracts tourists from every corner of the globe. he says he wa nts corner of the globe. he says he wants it to continue to do that. and no surprise that the events in london overnight have attracted world attention and reaction. let's ta ke world attention and reaction. let's take you through some of the comments that have been coming through the last few hours. president trump wrote in a tweet shortly after the attack, some hours
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ago now, whatever the united states can do doubt about in london in the uk will be there, we are with you, god bless. comments from the new french president, emmanuel macron. he wrote his comments in french, translated they say, in the face of this tragedy, france stands more than ever at the side of the uk. my thoughts go to the victims and their loved ones. germany's chancellor angela merkel said... today we are united across borders and horror and mourning, but also in determination. for germany, i reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at britain's side. comments as well from russia. a spokesman for vladimir putin said the president of russia sends his deepest condolences to the british people and condemns the terrorist attack. comments also from new zealand and australia. new zealand's prime minister,
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bill english, said: "our hearts go out to you. too many lives are being taken by terrorists set on inflicting pain and suffering on innocent people." australia's prime minister malcolm turnbull says two of his citizens were caught up in the attack — one is in hospital. malcolm turnbull said: "prayers and resolute solidarity are today, as always, with the people of britain in the face of the shocking terrorist attacks in london." india's prime minister, narendra modi, condemned the attacks as "shocking" and "anguishing". saying, "my thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured." canada's prime minister, justin trudeau, urged canadians in need of help to contact the canadian high commission in london. he said: "awful news from london tonight. we are monitoring the situation." a sense of outpouring and
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condolences and information from all corners condolences and information from all corners of the globe. let's get the thoughts of the bbc‘s security correspondent, frank gardner. in terms, first of all, of this ongoing investigation, as cressida dick called it, what are the police priorities at the moment, what are the key thing is the police and intelligence agencies are going to be doing right now, a few hours after this attack? the immediate priority is always going to be the protection of the public, to try to stop, head off any further attacks that could be linked to this. we heard from cressida dick, metropolitan police commissioner, that there was no operational connection between this one or other, from the prime minister, theresa may, from this attack and the one in manchester but they are bound by what the prime minister referred to as, i forget her exact words, the ideology of
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ex—islamist —— islamist extremism. the priority now is to find out who knew about this attack, who else was in the circle of these people, were they subjects of interest, were they under surveillance, what was known about them, could it have been stopped? that comes further down the line as part of a post—incident report that m15 will have to do, but the fact this is the third attack, the fact this is the third attack, the third terrorist attack in 73 days, shows that something isn't working here. maybe it is the vast numbers involved, the fact there we re numbers involved, the fact there were 500 active plots being investigated, 3000 subjects of interest, a further 20,000 people on the periphery, maybe it is the fact that this is the month of ramadan and so—called islamic state have chosen this month to put out propaganda messages calling on their followers to intensify their attacks and hit crusader civilians using any means possible, or maybe it is a
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reflection of the fact that so—called islamic state is under increasing pressure in the middle east, where it is losing ground day by day, but all of these things are coming together in an awful cocktail, a lethal witches brew to make the uk a top target for terrorists right now. and when the prime minister talks about, "things must change," which was one of the free gc used, what are the options, what could change? she alluded to several things in her speech, one is considering longer custodial sentences for people convicted of terrorist offences, it means getting tougher with internet service providers, because this is an ongoing battle that government and counterterrorism here in the us have with internet companies, they wa nt have with internet companies, they want there to be no safe hiding
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place for terrorists to communicate, but of course you have the freedom of speech and privacy factor into all of this, and above all she says this country has been, for far too long, tolerant of extremism, and that has got to change. i think we are probably going to see a tightening up, whether this will break itself into law, but a tightening up of measures against extremist speech and the incitement of hatred. already the government has gone some of hatred. already the government has gone some way of hatred. already the government has gone some way towards this, if you think of where we were 15, 16, 17 years ago when london have a reputation of being called londonistan, a criticism that it tolerated extremist groups that were not necessarily breaking uk law, britain has come a way since then. the danger now is a backlash against
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certain communities, and that would be incredibly counter—productive. one of the reasons so many plots have been stopped in this country, andi have been stopped in this country, and i know that will sound ironic given the three attacks in the last three months, but five attacks have been stopped in the last three months, 18 since 2013, one reason attacks have been able to be stopped by police and m15 is that they are getting good tip—off from community leaders, particularly muslim community leaders, people in those communities saying, we are worried about so—and—so, he is exhibiting signs of extremism, becoming withdrawn, talking about sympathy for islamic state, and that is the kind of connection that is needed. the government and authorities cannot do this on their own, they need public engagement and it is something that is very lacking on the other side of the channel, you don't get that kind of community interaction in places like france, belgium and germany. frank, thank you very much for now,
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more from you over frank, thank you very much for now, more from you over the course of the day, our security correspondent frank gardner keeping an eye on developments and the investigation as it continues. worth reminding you that the head of the metropolitan police cressida dick said some time ago that as far as she and her police force is concerned the three attackers responsible for what went on here last night have been shot dead, so in and of itself this attack is over, but it is of course very much an ongoing investigation. we have been talking about the ramifications of this, hearing from eyewitnesses, people out and about on a lovely warm saturday evening in the capital, and we have been reflecting on the fact that it is notjust people who live and work here but lots and lots of tourists as well. let's speak to one tourist who saw what went on, it is very good of you to speak to us, this is walter dobson, on holiday from belgian? that is right, i am from belgium
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coming here with my wife and son for a city trip, this evening we leave london city back to belgium. do you know london well, have you been before? this is the third time i am visiting london, yes. and you and your wife i believe saw a lot of what happened because you were on one of the other bridges, on the millennium bridge? yes, we came from a cosy restaurant, we had really a good evening, we were coming back by foot to our hotel, 100 metres from here, and when we came here, nearby the bridge, we saw people running away, a little bit in panic, saying to us, don't go further, there is something happening there, but we did, we came here and this corner, already on the millennium bridge we saw the flickering blue lights and police driving to it, and at this point here we realised it wasn't
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normal, police were shouting to us, 90, 90, normal, police were shouting to us, go, go, just run, run, go away from this place, and then we ran to our hotel and when we were sitting at the window to look outside at what happened, we heard three shots and a group of people in panic, running away, and at that moment there was also a bit of panic in the hotel. people were really running away from the window, hiding into the kitchen, and after five minutes the staff of the hotel, who were very professional, very friendly, they said to us, no panic, everything is 0k it is said to us, no panic, everything is ok it is safe here, just go to your rooms, stay in your rooms, don't leave your room, but you are safe here. were you scared? yes and no. let's say due to the professional reaction of the staff, we felt
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ourselves safe at the hotel. but certainly this morning when we heard what really happened here and the three people with knives were still running here in this area, we realised that we took a risk. at that moment yesterday evening we didn't realise that it was so risky, so we are didn't realise that it was so risky, so we are happy that we are safe and that... of course, and we are so glad you are safe as well. i'm curious whether you and your family had any reservations coming to london, because of course we journalists are all here reflecting this morning on the fact that this is the third attack on the uk in about three months, a huge attack in manchester, that i'm sure you are aware of, and another attack in westminster a couple of months ago. when you were planning your holiday did you at any stage think about that, did it affect your decision to
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come here, did you have second thoughts at all? i thought about it, planning my visit to london, but i had to come because i also had a business meeting here in london. but i'd thought, don't change your spirit, it has also happened in belgium several times. spirit, it has also happened in belgium several timeslj spirit, it has also happened in belgium several times. i was going to say, your country is not a bean. nowadays you have to live with it. and my message to the world is, don't change your life, because that is what those people want, to change our life, but if you do so you cannot meet other people, you cannot travel around, and the world is so beautiful to explore. just go on, thatis beautiful to explore. just go on, that is my message. it is not going to stop you visiting this country or any other? not at all. we are very glad you and your wife are ok, thank
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you so much for talking to us, it is very good of you to talk to us here on the bbc with only a few hours left in london, on balance i hope you had a good visit but i'm glad you had a good visit but i'm glad you had a good visit but i'm glad you had to experience that. good to talk to you, walter, on holiday here with his wife from belgium, also a bit of a business trip and tourism visit. but, again, itjust reminds us visit. but, again, itjust reminds us that london is a multicultural city, as so many cities across the uk are, and that there are people caught up in this attack, there were people caught up in that attack last night, from all over the world, that was true after westminster bridge attack and will turn out regrettably to be true here in light of what we have seen at london bridge as well. seven people killed and 48 injured. we mentioned the manchester attack, less tha n we mentioned the manchester attack, less than two weeks ago, 22 people killed in that and on top of that
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people sustaining some very, very serious injuries in that attack. you will know, i'm sure, that there is due to be a benefit concert tonight in manchester to raise money for those so badly affected two weeks ago. it is taking place at the old trafford cricket ground, and we have heard that the concert is going ahead, no change of plan, despite what has happened here in the capital overnight, so let's go to old trafford, our correspondent philip norton is there, there are some very philip norton is there, there are some very big names due to be performing better night. what are the organisers saying, what are you hearing about the concert in manchester tonight? yes, well, this is definitely going ahead here tonight in manchester, some ahead here tonight in manchester, some 50,000 people of course already on their way here now to the old trafford cricket ground. there are many, trafford cricket ground. there are any trafford cricket ground. there are many, many people alreadyjust
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queueing up, sitting down, taking time out on the pavement, trying to get good spots inside his ground tonight, which will see the likes of katy perry, take that and robbie williams taking to the stage, supporting ariana grande. this whole concert is to benefit the bereaved families and the victims of that suicide bomb attack here at manchester arena just over two weeks ago, andi manchester arena just over two weeks ago, and i can tell you that security is extremely, extremely tight. anyone going into the premises here is being searched, sniffer dogs are checking vehicles going in and out with equipment for
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tonight's concert, and we have seen in the last few moments dozens and dozens in the last few moments dozens and d oze ns of in the last few moments dozens and dozens of police officers walking past here taking up their positions ready for tonight. in fact greater manchester police said in a statement that there will be increased security in light of events overnight in london and said they are working with colleagues from other forces to make this event safe for everyone. some, they say, will be speaking to some of the young people waiting to get in today, they say their thoughts are with everyone affected in london but they said they felt they just had to come tonight i have been speaking to some come tonight i have been speaking to some of the young people waiting to get in today, they say their thoughts are with everyone affected in london but they say they felt they just had to in london but they say they felt theyjust had to come i think eve ryo ne theyjust had to come i think everyone here is here because they wa nt to everyone here is here because they want to support the families and give to charity and stuff. it is on everyone's minds, i think. give to charity and stuff. it is on everyone's minds, ithink. it is give to charity and stuff. it is on everyone's minds, i think. it is a concern, i'm always concerned about everywhere i go anyway, but it is a risk coming but we need to support the families and stand strong and stay together because if we show we are not together it will make everything worse. i believe this country is amazing, that is what we are, we stand together with everyone at anything that gets thrown against us, and we will continue to do that
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for as long as we can. so, security is tight here, there area number of so, security is tight here, there are a number of road closures in place, and number of road blocks in place, and number of road blocks in place, and number of road blocks in place, and they are expected to increase as we get place, and they are expected to increase as we get nearer place, and they are expected to increase as we get nearer to the start tonight's concert. police also asking people not to bring rucksacks or backpack if they are attending here tonight, the extra security now in place, the checks they will have to do with all those bags would just ta ke to do with all those bags would just take far too long, they say there is plenty of food and drink inside so please try to leave any bags behind. but obviously this for the concert to promote unity and of remembering those 22 people who lost their lives in manchester, but now clearly overshadowed by the events in london overnight. philip, thank you very much, philip norton at old trafford there. we will have more from manchester later in the evening as we get closer to that concert getting underway. we
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know of course there has been the cobra emergency meeting, followed by that very strong statement by the prime minister, theresa may. let's hear more about that from our political correspondent, ellie price. it was a robust statement from the prime minister, probably the takeout price on that was, "enough is enough". she spoke in strong terms about what she feels needs to be done, four main points need to be addressed to deal with the issue of islamic extremism, she talked about dealing with the ideology of islamic extremism in the first place, she talked about dealing with the internet and online internet companies that need to do more in order to deal with some of the terrorist articles that are found on websites in some of these online companies. she also talked about we mustn't forget the fake spaces, she said, in the real world, they need
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to be difficult and sometimes embarrassing conversations with some of the communities here at home. she also talked about revealing counterterrorism strategy, and particularly for example talked about potentially changing custodial sentences of some about potentially changing custodial sentences of some of those people who have been involved in terrorist activity, even some of those less serious terrorist activities may need to have longer custodial sentences, so it was strong language from the prime minister as to what exactly beaded to be done about it, but she also made an important point, she said the two main political parties, the conservatives and labour party, had agreed to postpone national campaigning until the end of the day, i should add also the snp, liberal democrat and green party have said they will suspend their campaigning for the rest of the day. ukip being the only
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party who have said they will not suspend campaigning, they say that is exactly what the terrorists would want, but broadly speaking there is a sense among political parties, and you heard from jeremy corbyn, eventually agreed that respects need to be shown today for those killed or injured in last night's attack but 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. ellie price there in downing street. just to bring you something that update in terms of those who were injured, 48 people were injured, as we have been saying. just hearing from the metropolitan police federation, effectively the union for rank and file officers, the federation is saying that the figure of 48 does include some of its own officers, so some police officers are among the 48 people injured. we know that we are talking about a range of injuries, some people very badly injured, so that is the latest from the metropolitan police on top of of course the seven people who
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died. i have been talking to a man who was out in borough market last night, and he explained a lot about what he saw. this is richard angell. i was at iwas ata i was at a wonderful restaurant with a group of friends, some had come up from south london, i had a friend over from south london, i had a friend over from sydney and we from south london, i had a friend overfrom sydney and we happen from south london, i had a friend over from sydney and we happen to from south london, i had a friend overfrom sydney and we happen to be sitting at a table nearest the door and it suddenly became clear the security from borough market were saying, close the door, lock it down, duck and cover, and this young quy down, duck and cover, and this young guy from the restaurant put his foot in the door and held it closed, people understandably panicked, got to the back of the restaurant, turned over tables, food flying everywhere, and
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people didn't need to be told twice that they needed to put themselves first and look after themselves. i looked up and looked over and could see this guy throwing a table, we didn't know that was about but it turned out it was a wonderfully heroic guy who put his life before ours, which is remarkable, our lives before his, sorry... he was rubbing the table at someone he thought was an attacker? yes, that is what it turned out to be. a few minutes later i looked up and someone was coming out of the restaurant next door covered in blood, holding their chest and neck, going 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 mentioned previously. could you or your friends have any sense of what had happened to that person? what was going through your mind at that point? the security had said, there is an incident, lock yourself in, people we re incident, lock yourself in, people were panicking. to be honest, me and my friend were calm when other
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people were panicking, firstly trying to get people to go upstairs to be safer, to stop people panicking and going out through the fire escape, going out into an unknown was the worst thing at that time, so be kept people in. we had a pregnant lady with others who needed a seat and water, and prob ably more calm than we could have provided but we try to look out for we saw the police arrive the area, gunshots went off, which was worrying, more sweeps of the area and gunshots went off, by this point they had people outside each of the restaurants, they were trying to communicate through this tiny little they did a sweep of the area, gunshots went off, which was worrying, more sweeps off, which was worrying, more sweeps of the area and gunshots went off, by this point they had people outside each of the restaurants, they were trying to communicate through this tiny friend stayed pretty calm through the restaurant and we tried to piece together through social media what was happening on the bridge but we were clearly in the middle of something related but clearly different as well. you say you think you and your friend stayed pretty she was phenomenal, she got them turning off all the hobbs, getting the candles down, she was were you not frightenedit, the more you were. the bit for me when i realisedthe more you think about it, the more you were. the bit for me when i we were coming out and we were meandering around people's shoes that had fallen off, blood, people had dropped their wallets and whatever, that was where we were safe and suddenly they moved the cord and because we were not safe and that mixed feeling of, i am ok, my friend
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is here, oh, no, we're not safe, we have got to move again, and that was when it started to seep in what we had been part of. talking to richard angell, who was here in the area last night. you we re here in the area last night. you were ina here in the area last night. you were in a restaurant in borough market? the heart of borough market where there is a rabbit warren of one restaurant on top of the other, one restaurant on top of the other, one of my favourite bits of this great city, and we have got to go back to the restaurant because it was lovely, the food was great, we need to finish our meal, pay our bill, tip the staff who were great and thought about our needs when they should have been thinking about themselves, so we were in the heart of it last night, we saw somebody covered in blood, somebody trying to throw stuff at these terrible people, these cowardly people who try to change our way of life, but we are back this morning because they are not going to. you are talking about london with such affection. are you a londoner born and bred? do you walk around the
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city thinking about your safety and security? not quite born and bred but this is my home, i have a flat in the city, i have worked here pretty much since i left university, i love this place. manchester showed britain at its best for the last two weeks and it is now london's turn to step up. we did it in 2005, we have done it on other occasions. sadiq khan spoke beautifully on behalf of our city and all londoners this morning, the bearer of london did a greatjob, he symbolises the unity and diversity we love about london and we are not going to let these people win. if me having a gin and tonic with my friends, flirting with handsome men, hanging out with brilliant women is offending these people, i will do it more, not less, because that is what makes london so great, we will go out and enjoy it
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more and i am more determined than ever more and i am more determined than ever to love the city that looks after me. the emergency services would just phenomenal, they were there within seconds, they kept us safe, they swept the place and two things stuck with me, when we were leaving the police were our eyes and ears, as we were trying to avoid blood, shoes that had fallen off, dropped wallets, they were our eyes ears and kept us safe. secondly the paramedic looking after a woman who was sadly face down on the ground, there were a couple of them, they run at danger, then turned their back to danger to put together their back to danger to put together the life in front of them while we are running for our life behind them. i thought... are running for our life behind them. ithought... i had not thought about it in that way before but this seems to be the most vulnerable at that point and did a remarkable thing. i might never meet the people who madejudgments thing. i might never meet the people who made judgments that saved our lives last night but i'm thankful to those people and i hope london hugs them in lots of different ways. clearly you are saying, in every way, life carries on, london bounces backin way, life carries on, london bounces back in the way we have seen manchester bounce back? democracy,
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go vote, people, meet someone you have not met by another part of the world! i was having dinner with an australian, next time it'd be someone australian, next time it'd be someone from pakistan, africa, that is what is great about london! small—minded, cowardly people should not change our way of life, they won't meet me scared on the streets of london, and i think the people of manchester have inspired us in the last fortnight and i hope londoners do their bit and i'm confident they will step up to the plate. parts of the country will be seeing rain in the next few days, part of east anglia and the south—east could stay dry for good parts of the day today, showers fading across northern england so drying up this afternoon. heavy showers for northern ireland and scotland and some northern ireland and scotland and some showers drifting across wales and the southwest but by 4pm much of south—west england and the western half of wales should probably be dry
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because the showers will be continuing to push further eastwards from central southern england up into the midlands, parts of lincolnshire, we will see showers through the afternoon, east anglia and the south—east may stay largely dry. showers tending to fade away from northern england, dry weather and sunshine here, plenty of showers for northern ireland and scotland, though not as many as yesterday. having said that, some of them could still be happy with the odd rumble of thunder. some showers will continue into the evening but we turn our attention at worst, rain will sliding across northern ireland and parts of scotland, also into north—west england, and you can follow this line of wet weather back down to the south—west and this will bea down to the south—west and this will be a big player in the weather tomorrow because this wet weather really focuses its south across a good part of wales, particularly the north of wales, and especially north—west england, some
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spots could see 50 to 80 millimetres of rain, enough to give localised flooding issues and travel disruption. rain and increasingly strong wind into the south—west, largely dry for east anglia and the south—east, sunshine and heavy showers for northern ireland and scotland. the wet weather is courtesy of a complex area of low pressure which will drift further north into tuesday and then really getting stuck across the north—east of scotland. here, the heavy rain will continue throughout tuesday, persistent rain which could cause issues with flooding, elsewhere blustery and cool with sunshine and showers. for the week ahead, that u nsettled showers. for the week ahead, that unsettled theme, spells of heavy and persistent rain, it will often be fairly windy, it may be that wednesday brings drier interlude for many, heavy bursts rain returning for most on thursday. that is all for most on thursday. that is all for now. seven are killed and almost 50 injured in a terror attack here in central london. a white van drove into pedestrians before three men jumped
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out and stabbed people in nearby streets. they were running in all the pubs, all the bars, i can't remember all of them, but they run in, and they were stabbing everyone, and i was going to people, "run, run, run!" distressing scenes as paramedics and the emergency services provided first aid. some of the injured are in a critical condition in hospital. everyone down! down! police placed several bars in lockdown.
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