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you're watching bbc news. i'm ben brown live at westminster — where the prime minister reveals that the man who carried out yesterday's terror attack was british—born and known to mi5 — as so—called islamic state says it was behind it. a minute's silence was held this morning — at 09:33 — 933 was the shoulder number of the murdered officer. pc keith palmer was a8, a husband and father and described by one mp, who once served with him in the army, as a strong, professional public servant. theresa may was asked to recognise his gallantry and sacrifice. he was a strong, professional, public servant. and it was a delight to meet him here again only a few months after being elected. spanish teacher, ayesha frade, was one of two other people who were killed — seven other people are still in
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a critical condition in hospital. a terrorist came to the place where people of all nationalities and culture, gather and celebrate what it means to be free. and he took out his rage indiscriminately against innocent men, women and children. hello and a very good afternoon to you. the prime minister has been telling mps that the man who carried out of attack on westminster was born opinion in the uk and was known to the security services. she described the as an attack on free people everywhere and an attempt to
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sometimes democracy. the police have made theirfirst sometimes democracy. the police have made their first arrest in connection with the attack leaving four people dead including the perpetrator. raids were carried out in birmingham and london overnight — and eight people have been arrested. theresa may has confirmed that the suspect was once investigated by mi5 over concerns of violent extremism. but that he was ‘not part of the current intelligence picture.‘ the queen has led tributes to those who have been impacted by yesterday's events. in a statement from the palace, queen elizabeth said, "my thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with all those who have affected by yesterday's awful violence." aysha frade has been named as one of the two people who were killed, when the attacker targeted pedestrians on westminster bridge. pc keith palmer was stabbed by the suspect at the entrance of the palace of westminster. 29 people remain in hospital,
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including seven in a critical condition. the victims are from twelve different countries. wyre davies has this report. the house of commons was in sombre, reflective mood this morning. order. colleagues in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in yesterday's attack, and of all of the casualties of that attack, we shall now observe a minute's silence. mr speaker, yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy. but today we meet as normal... as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do. to deliver a simple message: we are not afraid and our
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resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism. as the queen said her thoughts and sympathy were with all of those affected by yesterday's awful violence, at new scotland yard, the metropolitan police paid their tributes to a fallen colleague, after an attack on the capital that everyone had dreaded and trained for but is now determined to overcome. with the union flag at half mast above the palace of westminster, the immediate area around parliament remains closed to the public, that includes westminster bridge, where shortly before 3.00pm yesterday afternoon a lone attacker drove a four wheel drive vehicle at high—speed, through an unsuspecting crowd of tourists, police officers, and londoners going about their business. 0ne victim was catapulted into the thames as the car mounted the kerb. the unnamed woman was pulled from the river injured but alive. the vehicle continued at speed, past big ben and crashed
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into the railings surrounding the palace of westminster. but the attacker got out and armed with two large knives, ran around to the main gates where he stabbed a police officer, 48—year—old keith palmer. as he continued further into the ground, the assailant was then shot as he tried to attack other officers. stand back! back! is he coming? the panic and the fear that the attack caused inside parliament, clearly apparent in this dramatic mobile phone footage, taken inside the palace of westminster, as staff and mps fled. get back! amid the chaos of yesterday's attack, many have commented on the extraordinary bravery and compassion of passers—by, mps and emergency services in giving first aid and tending to the victims. but three people were killed by the attacker, including pc palmer,
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a father and husband. also aysha frade, a 43—year—old from spain, teaching spanish in london. the attacker, who also received first aid but died from his injuries, has not been named but he was british and was once investigated for links to extremist organisations. police from several forces launched simultaneous operations overnight in the midlands and in london, making eight arrests in connection with the westminster attack. the enquiries in birmingham, london and other parts of the country are continuing. it is still our belief, and continues to be borne out by this investigation that this attacker acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism. investigators are still pain—stakingly piecing together the exact circumstances of what happened in and around parliament. but in london and westminster generally, security has been visible generally, security has been visibly
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and significantly increased, around what was already one of the most heavily protected areas of the capital. the importance of providing a blanket of security, while maintaining the freedoms britons cherish so deeply, never more challenging. so, we do know from the prime minister, that the attacker here at westminster was british—born and known to the police and to the security services. he had been investigated in the past in connection with violent extremism but theresa may said he was a peripheral figure. but theresa may said he was a peripheralfigure. what but theresa may said he was a peripheral figure. what the but theresa may said he was a peripheralfigure. what the police are trying to establish, is who, if anyone, was helping him. frank gardner has this report. investigating the london attack. the clues are out there but this is going to take some time. there's a lot to follow up. but already so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility. first priority has been to identify this man, the attacker. that's been done. he was born in britain,
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a known radical on mi5‘s database, and investigated years ago for violent extremism. then there's the car he drove, crashing into parliament's railings. forensic teams will be able to gather fingerprints and dna samples to find out who else has been inside it recently. cctv and anpr, that's automated numberplate recognition, should reveal the exact route he took yesterday in the lead up to the attack. the bbc understands it was hired from a rental company in the west midlands, called enterprise. last night there was an armed police raid in birmingham and across the country six addresses have been searched and eight arrests made. it certainly looks like this individual was acting alone, although it's very unusual for someone to actually be completely on their own, isolated. extremists and terrorists live in communities. they have relationships the same as everybody else. i would be very surprised if there weren't others who at least knew that there was an intention to carry out an attack. they may not have known the timing.
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much of this investigation will be taking place out of sight. gchq, the government's listening station and its partners in mi5, the security service, will want to read and analyse every communication the attacker made. they'll be using analytical software to match up his contacts with other known extremists. if his messages were encrypted, which they probably were, then the codebreakers will get to work. the aim, to find out who else might have been involved. 0n mi5‘s databases that are over 3000 british citizens known to have links to violent extremism. some of them only on the edges. many people will now be asking, so why couldn't this attack has been stopped? have been stopped? there are issues about whether mi5, which does an excellentjob by the way, has sufficient staffing to be able to track people who come onto its radarfor long enough. we now have the investigatory powers act 2016 in force, which empowers the security services in a proportionate way, to follow the internet traffic
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of people who are interested in being radicalised and we need to see if it is sufficient. but low tech, high impact attacks like this one, are hard to predict and harder to stop. were it not for the swift response of police and emergency services the casualties could have been far worse. frank gardner, bbc news. we are hearing now that one of the other victims who died in the attack on westminster bridge has been named as an american citizen, kirt w cochrane. he was in london. let's bring you this statement we received from his family. the family saying that they are heart broke tonne to learn of the death and brother, son—in—law, kirt. he was a
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good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, melissa. good man and a loving husband to our sisterand daughter, melissa. in europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and scheduled to return to the united states on thursday. melissa was also seriously injured in the attack and is being cared for in hospital. the family are saying that they express their gratitude to the emergency and to the medical personnel who cared for them and ask for people's prayers on behalf of the family and melissa. so, k rushgs rt cochrane from utah. also, let me tell you in belgium, we are getting news that the belgium police arrested a man after he tried to drive into a crowd at high—speed in the shopping area of the port city of antwerp. a vehicle with
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french number plates, trying to drive into a shopping crowd in antwerp and a man in camouflage has been taken away. so that is coming into us from antwerp in belgium. apparently, this is a man of north african origin. of course it is a year yesterday since the brussels attacks. with me is tim loughton — conservative mp who's a member of the home affairs select committee . thank you for being with us. tim loughton you were locked into the chamber yesterday after the attacks, what are your thoughts?“ chamber yesterday after the attacks, what are your thoughts? if the intention to get into parliament to cause may hymn and disrupt our democracy, it failed. four people lost their live, including the assailant, tragic for the innocent
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victims but parliament is going on. we will not be undermined by this form of terrorism. all of our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims and we hope that the casualties and the numbers are not added to. but this attacker failed and it will always fail. how important is it for mps to carry on as normal with the debate in the commons today? it was essential. and a somer mood, as there would, and emotional tributes made after a dignified and a determined statement by the prime minister, echoed by jeremy corbyn and people on all sides. now we are back to business and will carry on with the business of the democraticjob that and will carry on with the business of the democratic job that we and will carry on with the business of the democraticjob that we have to do in this country. london has gone about its business today. these people cannot succeed. they have failed. do you want to see the security around the palace of westminster inceased, or improved? let's be
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clear, the security has always been tight it has been heightened over recent yea rs. tight it has been heightened over recent years. the attacker onlyjust got through the gates before he was thwarted there. are many other police officers and members of staff heavily armed. we need a balance for protection and people go about their work in the palace and in the public. but we are an open living democracy. we have to get the balance right, we must not cocoon ourselves. but this decision will be made how best to defend our democracy and those who work within it. and the prime minister told mps and the country, that the attacker been british—born and had been on the radar of mi5 british—born and had been on the radarof mi5a british—born and had been on the radar of mi5 a few years ago but as a peripheralfigure, does it worry you that somebody like that had been on the radar but not under vans? we
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—— but not under surveillance? the home affairs select committee has been carrying out a study in extremism and radicalisation, we are wrangling with home—grown extremism and terrorism, who take the route of violence against people that they have grown up and lived alongside, it looks like yesterday's attacker falls into that category. we must do work to see what motivates these people and what more we can do to deter them and make sure that they never get near to do the harm that they did yesterday. it isa they did yesterday. it is a problem for the security services we know that they have intercre pted services we know that they have intercrepted a number of plots in recent yea rs intercrepted a number of plots in recent years but it is always a problem of manpower? absolutely. we know that the security services are looking at many hundreds of people.
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this is a hugejob of looking at many hundreds of people. this is a huge job of work. looking at many hundreds of people. this is a hugejob of work. it is not just this is a hugejob of work. it is notjust up to the security services and to the police, each one of us have has a job and a duty to be vigilant. i want to make a tribute to thejob vigilant. i want to make a tribute to the job and to the security services and the anti—terrorism police that they have done in preparing to are this. the security measures swung into action quickly and efficiently yesterday and i'm sure averted a much greater tragedy than this turned out to be. tim loughton, thank you very much from the home affairs select committee. thank you for being with us. here at westminster, the police are urging anyone with information about the events in westminster to get in touch with them immediate #5e8. as soon as possible. members of the public are being asked to call this anti—terror hot line. members of the public are asked to call the anti—terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. that is the same number if people want to report anything else suspicious they may have spotted.
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ijust want i just want to bring ijust want to bring in quickly if i can, the former home secretary, alan johnson who hasjoined me can, the former home secretary, alan johnson who has joined me at westminster. thank you very much for being with us. what are your thoughts a day after this event? like everyone in parliament, this morning i think that theresa may adopted absolutely the right tone. her statement was pitch—perfect. we are nothing special. we are ordinary citizens but projected as representatives of parliament into a special position, in a sense we represent that place and all it stands for, democracy, tolerance, freedom, rule of law. we were determined to give that message today and i thought that theresa may set the tone and others followed it. defiant seemed to be the message on all sides of the house? yes but very sad by keith palmer. he was our work
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colleague and the tragedy of the other people that died. we walked past keith every morning for 15 yea rs past keith every morning for 15 years who smiled and said hello. suddenly, unarmed he tried to stop a quy suddenly, unarmed he tried to stop a guy with a knife and paid the price. so that is very sad that, the tragedy and for his family and for the others that were lost. .we the others that were lost. . we will look into the lessons that can be learned from this. and generally... . there is always a lesson to learn. we talk often, when i was the home secretary, we thwarted lots of plots but the ones that get through, you a lwa ys but the ones that get through, you always learn from them it is rarely always learn from them it is rarely a lone wolf, by the way. i would be very surprised if there was not someone else involved in this. it isa
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it is a sophisticated plot. this shows what these awful people are reduced to. but it presents a new set of problems that we have to learn from in every case. thank you very much. alanjohnson the former home secretary. that's the former home secretary. that's the latest from westminster here. i will hand you back to the studio. ben, thank you very much. this is bbc. 24 bbc. 2a hours ago, westminster bridge was packed, as it is always with tourists, taking photograph, schoolchildren on tour, people on their way to and fro work, walking through the heart of london. at 2.40pm three people were killed by an attacker. a police officer and two pedestrian on the bridge. a0 people were injured from 12 different countries.
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we have this report. pc keith palmer, a husband, a father, a police officer for 15 years, he died protecting parliament, the prime minister said he was ever inch a hero. he was remembered today by colleagues in a police service that has been left numb by the loss of one of their own. today, across the service we have police officers in mourning for their former colleague, pc keith palmer. words can't express the grief that everyone in the police service feels at losing a colleague but of course that pales into insignificance when one thinks of the pc palmer's family, friends and colleagues at this extremely troubling time. also killed in this attack was aysha frade, who was in her a0s and worked at a college close to westminster bridge. it was reported she was on her way to pick up her children. the principle of the college said she was highly regarded and loved by students and colleagues. a former neighbour spoke of her devastation. she was just a lovely person, with two lovely children, two lovely, lovely girls.
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how are these children? they've lost their mother. you leave your kids, you took them to school, you go to pick them up and now this has happened to you. i'm just in shock. this is too much shock. those caught up in this attack came from many different countries, romanian officials say a woman when fell into the river thames when the car ploughed into pedestrians, is a tourist in london to celebrate her boyfriend's birthday, it was reported she was seriously injured. and there was a group of students from this school in brittany. they were in london on an educational trip, three were injured two are reported to have suffered serious fractures. the french foreign minister travelled to london to visit them. it's a new tragedy. and i want, i made a way to return to paris but i wanted to stop to london first to say a message, to the british people. a message of solidarity. of those injured in the attack 29 were treated in hospital
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and some of those remain in a critical condition. daniel boettcher, bbc news. vicki young, sombre but resolute? absolutely, the prime minister coming here to speak to the mps, they had clearly made an effort to be here to show that they are on the same side in all of this. of course, there has been political debate elsewhere, especially comments from paul nuttall, that i put to the tory mp, whojoins me now, with a role on the community engagement. firstly, the comments from paul nuttall, who say there is is a cancer that must be routed out from the muslim community, what do you make of what he has to say? firstly,
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my thoughts are with the families affected by this horrific, evil, tragic act. in relation to those comments, i would say that we have to come together to defeat this evil ideology and evil individuals. in response that, i think he should pay attention to the words of the assist ant police commissioner who said that two individual as day are being turned from radical extremism and is being done as members of the individual's community are alerting the authorities in relation to their behaviour. so i would say that the communities are working hard with the local authorities to address the issue of non—environment extremism which leads to extremism but are you you saying could more be done, and the answer is yes. how do you do that? muslim communities may feel they are being picked on. how can they do more? muslim communities like many around
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the country have contributed to all levels. but with individuals reich this evil individual, he is a self—identifying muslim. muslims around the world are the target of extremism and terrorism. if you look at the figures they have lost more in theirfaith. we must at the figures they have lost more in their faith. we must work on it. but are you saying tough conversations need to be had around the country when people see extremist views or sympathetic views expressed towards terrorism or extremism, and some of which does go on, and when it does go on each individual has a responsibility to stand up and challenge it and report it to the authorities but i would say that there is a problem with individuals who are converting to islam. we saw the horrific killing of lee rigby, our brave soldier,
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done by an evil individual who converted to islam. they don't know what it is. they are roped into a poisoned ideology, so we have to ensure that our response of tackling extremism, nonviolent and violent, by working at it on every level. even on a day like today, there are controversy with the comments from paul nuttall. but he says that his party will tell it as it is. but he says that his party will tell it as it is. annita mcveigh is at the met police headquarters, new scotland yard close to where the attack took place in westminster. the mayor of london is inside new scotla nd the mayor of london is inside new scotland yard meeting with senior officers to discuss the response to what happened yesterday. sadiq khan said that londoners will not be
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cowed by terrorism or the city be cowed by terrorism or the city be cowed to terrorism and appealed to people to show their solidarity this evening. the immediate response is a huge police presence on the streets. we have heard from the active commissioner of the met, saying leave had been cancelled to get more police officers on the streets, a visible presence to reassure the public in addition to the officers who are directly engaged in this investigation. but how will that response develop in the days, weeks and the months ahead? in the days, weeks and the months ahead ? with in the days, weeks and the months ahead? with me is daniel sandford. daniel, your thoughts on that point? you are going to see reassurance policing in the short—term. increased numbers of officers, of armed officers in the capital. also in other parts of britain. but i think that is largely not as there isa think that is largely not as there is a fear of a secondary attack or anything like that, it is to ensure people that the police are out
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there, trying to do their best to keep us safe that is what that is to do with. but also self reflection by the police about the suspect that they think carried out the attack, whether or not they could have done more to keep tabs on him. he is somebody that had come on the radar before. and also a degree of analysis about the protection of parliament. although in this insta nce parliament. although in this instance the attacker did not get far beyond the gate, there is a degree to which people will look again at how parliament is protected and whether they should be able to do more to ensure that people cannot get past that perimeter in parliament. tell us about the investigation, what more we know about the individual who has not been officially named by the authorities and about the arrests and the searches that have been carried out since the attack yesterday? the initial evidence—gathering is over
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in terms of checks on the scenes. westminster bridge is up and running. parliament square should be cleared in a few hours. they have gathered information from the scene. where the car hit. they have identified the individual, they are aware of his past. they know where they have come across him before. he was on the periphery of an earlier investigation some years ago but had gone off the intelligence radar, and not part of the current intelligence picture as it was put this morning. so they have arrested overnight eight people, many in birmingham, at least four in birmingham, also some arrests made in london and elsewhere. ment there arrests made in london and elsewhere.ment there has been police activity in surrey, sussex, wales and birmingham and london and they are trying to build up a picture of those that knew this man and whether oi’ those that knew this man and whether or not they could have had an idea of what he was going to do beforehand what he did do.
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and the met officer earlier, saying that the police were the public, the public were the police, that he urged people with concerns to just approach an officer to speak with them. he said, even from the perspective of the police, and although they rehearsed responses to various scenarios in the event of an attack, that the reality of dealing with an attack like this is something all together different, something all together different, something that even they as professional police officers are never fully prepared for, let alone, of course, the members of the public. but urging solidarity between the public and the police as they progress with the investigation and as they look ahead to the coming weeks and months and how they consider to protect the city and all of the people in it. anita, thank you very much. police in belgium have arrested a man trying to get into a shopping
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centre. —— shopping street. they had tried to hit people. there are no reports of injuries. the man is thought to be a french nationalfrom east african descent. that has been confirmed by president holland. that go to brussels. here is our europe respondent gavin lee. inevitably, cat... —— comparisons with what has happened here. yes, it is an anniversary of the brussels attacked. it may not be known as a hotbed of terrorism, but there is big police activity here. it was just before 11 o'clock this morning and the federal police officer said and the federal police officer said a car was driving at high speed in
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different parts of the high street on the part called the the meir. people narrowly avoided being hit. as you say, no suggestion that anybody was injured by this. to police officers said they tried to stop the driver. it drove away, a car chase institute, the belgian police rapid response team followed this vehicle to the outskirts where this vehicle to the outskirts where this man was arrested. inside the vehicle, police found what they described as white weapons, knives, a riot gun and other weapons still being identified. this is clearly... he is described as a french national. a french registered car. he has been named as a french national. when you are saying the
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french president is commenting on something like this, you are talking about a serious incident. yes. the fa ct about a serious incident. yes. the fact is that given the event in london yesterday, given that this is something that alert levels are high. given what happened yesterday. the readiness levels, security was as high as it has been for a long time in the brussels area, antwerp, two, four belgians dealing with this attack, not just the two, four belgians dealing with this attack, notjust the grass—roots attacks, but more than 500 belgians have gone to syria to fight with islamic state. the city, particularly antwerp, that has been an area where there have been a lot
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of eyes and ears. there is a relief for people hearing today that this investigation suggests that two soldiers were just investigation suggests that two soldiers werejust on investigation suggests that two soldiers were just on stand—by making this arrest. at the moment, nothing to suggest why this attack was carried out. weapons were found in the vehicle. thank you very much, gavin. let's return to yesterday's attack in yesterday. —— westminster. the attacker was born in britain and had been investigated. but theresa may telling the commons that he was seen asa telling the commons that he was seen as a peripheralfigure. last night the police arrested eight people in raids at six addresses in london, birmingham and elsewhere. 0ur correspondent sima kotecha is in birmingham and we can speak to her now. if you look behind me, you can see that this area has been cordoned off. that flat over my left shoulder was raided yesterday after iipm.
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off. that flat over my left shoulder was raided yesterday after "pm. the man who owns the restaurantjust next door, told me that three men we re next door, told me that three men were taken away by police officers. we know that eight people have been arrested in connection with what happened in london and at least four of those people come from birmingham. we are expecting the man who owns that restaurant to talk to the media in the next half an hour oi’ the media in the next half an hour or so. i had a lengthy conversation with him yesterday evening. he said he was feeling rather scared and rather confused about what was going on because this is obviously his property. people here in birmingham at the moment, those i have spoken to in the street, say that everything going on is making them feel on edge. there is a concern that what has happened and the links between the attacker and radical islam is making people here from the muslim community feel rather confused. give us a sense of the area where this has happened. confused. give us a sense of the area where this has happenedlj confused. give us a sense of the area where this has happened. i am in central birmingham. we are really
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in the heart of the city centre. just down my left, you have got a cinema, roads of restaurants, we are really not far from new street, which is the central station. this really is in the heart of birmingham. you may recall that a couple of weeks ago there were reports of certain wards in birmingham being identified by the security forces for having people who may be leaning towards an extreme islamic ideology. that report, then this happening two weeks later, has got people on edge. the police forces have been reiterating a message that they are working on community cohesion projects to make sure that people who do come from an asian background who, who do come from islamic backgrounds, are not feeling under pressure or picked on at the moment. like i said, they are working very closely with west midlands police, who i am sure in liaison with scotla nd who i am sure in liaison with scotland yard about this, too. who i am sure in liaison with
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scotland yard about this, tool number of those hurt in yesterday's incident have been taken to several hospitals in the area. let's go to st mary ‘s hospital in central london. what we know about those being treated there? as you can see, there are still many police cars. there are riot vans. we have been here since early on, throughout the day there has been a real police presence. i have just day there has been a real police presence. i havejust been day there has been a real police presence. i have just been through the glass doors. there are still police officers guarding reception, certain people's bags as they go in. earlier, there were eight. the trust have not said very much today. they have not said very much today. they have said that yes, they are definitely treating people here that we re definitely treating people here that were affected yesterday in a terror attack. earlier today, i were affected yesterday in a terror attack. earliertoday, ispoke were affected yesterday in a terror attack. earlier today, i spoke to one patient who was here this time yesterday. he was here, he was in a &eand yesterday. he was here, he was in a & eand he yesterday. he was here, he was in a & e and he said he was asked to move toa & e and he said he was asked to move to a new ward because he was told that injured police officers were being brought to this hospital to be
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treated. this is martin goldsworthy. sorry, fiona, idon't treated. this is martin goldsworthy. sorry, fiona, i don't think we have got that right at the moment. you described the security at the hospital. just give us a sense of becoming and goings because we are hearing that quite a lot of those hurt were foreign. is there any other evidence of families coming? we have not seen any sense of family. it is hard to tell, when you are ina family. it is hard to tell, when you are in a hospital you have no idea why people are coming or going. there is a strong sense of the police being here. the press officers won't confirm. is it that there are injured policeman here? or is it just there are injured policeman here? or is itjust that many of the hospitals around the capital have a sense of police presence today. the clip that we were wanting to bring you was just a gentleman who had been told yesterday that, yes, these policeman are definitely being brought here. we can't confirm that, we had been promised a statement,
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but as of yet, we are still waiting for it to materialise. we will return to fiona a little later. and in other news: new calculations made for the government have raised the possibility that millions of people now in their 20s could have to wait until the age of 70 for a state pension. another official review has called for an end to the guarantee that annual pension increases will be at least 2.5%. the bank of england has placed the co—op bank under "intensive supervision" as the deadline approaches for potential buyers to submit their bids. it's understood contingency plans to ensure the "orderly failure" of the iso—year—old bank are well advanced. co—op has been looking for buyers since february and said it was "pleased" with the interest shown. a man accused of murdering a one—year—old boy and trying to kill his twin sister, in north london at the weekend, bidhya sagar das, who's 33, has been remanded in custody. he's expected to go on trial in the autumn. retail sales rose last month
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but were not enough to offset declines injanuary and december. according to the office for national statistics, sales volumes over the three months to february were down by i.a%, largely due to rising petrol prices which ate into disposable income. the funeral of the former ira commander and deputy first minister of northern ireland, martin mcguinness, is taking place in londonderry this afternoon. senior sinn fein figures were there. quite a list of vips at the funeral today. yes. there is an extraordinary gathering of senior politicians currently in the church where i am close to now. a few minutes ago, martin mcguinness‘s off
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and were carried through the doors of that church and his funeral service began. among the mourners, the dup, democratic union party, arlene foster. whenever she arrived in the church, there was a spontaneous round of applause from people inside. she announced this morning that she would come to the funeral service. up until then, morning that she would come to the funeralservice. up untilthen, it had been unclear whether she would. it was all was going to be a controversial issue, but she decided to do so. also in the church, the northern ireland secretary james brokenshire, the irish president james higgins, the irish prime minister and numerous other leaders from across ireland. alex salmond also here. the former us president bill clinton was also here. both of them had a role in the negotiations which led up to the good friday
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peace agreement here in 1998. bill clinton will address the mourners in the church. he is expected to speak towards the end of the service in about one hour azpilicueta time. prior to the service beginning, as you say a huge crowd here in derry where martin mcguinness lived for all his life. many thousands lined the streets. his coughing, draped in an irish flag, was carried around the streets. —— coffin. 0ne an irish flag, was carried around the streets. —— coffin. one of the areas of the city which so much violence in the height of the troubles in the early 1970s, run member martin mcguinness was a seniorfigure in the ira here, but there has been plenty of reflections in the last few days and that has been going to be continuing over the next few days. paramilitary commander to politician. now he is
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making his final journey. commander to politician. now he is making his finaljourney. he has been carried from his home to the church and then he will be buried in the city cemetery here in derry later on this afternoon. thank you, chris. let's get more now on yesterday's terror attack in london. we arejust we are just hearing that confirmation that, enterprise, the car rentalfirm, say confirmation that, enterprise, the car rental firm, say that the car use was from their spring hill depot. confirmation therefrom enterprise. this return to ben brown in westminster for enterprise. this return to ben brown in westminsterfor us. enterprise. this return to ben brown in westminster for us. thank you. many roads around westminster still closed off including millbank. we just the police caught here at millbank so approaches to
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westminster and parliament square are still closed. westminster bridge which is where that attack on pedestrians happened yesterday afternoon, that has been reopened in the last couple of hours. our political correspondence is on the bridge. eleanor, just tell us what is going on there right now. the bridge opened in the last hour or so and the traffic is flowing again. the buses are coming back across the bridge. there are tourists going past and taking photographs as you can see. the police cordons are still up beyond the crowds, so you can see just beyond the traffic lights there some of the people are leaving flowers, paying their respects, pausing for a moment as they remember what happened yesterday because this spot exactly za yesterday because this spot exactly 24 hours ago is where that car mounted the pavement and drove into people. so right next door to the palace of whence minster, of course.
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so close to the river. —— westminster. a woman had to be pulled from safety from the river, she is in hospital getting treatment. the bridges back open, i have been speaking to tourists here. 0ne have been speaking to tourists here. one from south south africa saying that he was here that minutes before. i also spoke to a teacher where aysha frade worked. lots of people back on the bridge. it feels a little bit like it would on any other day, the traffic is stacking up, people taking photographs. not just over westminster, but over the london eye which isjust just over westminster, but over the london eye which is just over just over westminster, but over the london eye which isjust over here, too. we will spin round a little bit further, here is st thomas's hospital where some of those who we re hospital where some of those who were injured in yesterday's attack had to be treated. it is busy on westminster bridge, although we know just around the corner, just in parliament square, that area is still sealed off. 0k, eleanor. thank
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you very much indeed. 0ne still sealed off. 0k, eleanor. thank you very much indeed. one of those killed on westminster bridge has been named. he was a citizen from utah, kurtw been named. he was a citizen from utah, kurt w cochrane. we can trigger a picture of kurt cochrane who was killed in that attack. when the vehicle mounted the pavement and drove at high speeds. kurt cochrane we gather was in london with his wife for their 25th wedding anniversary. the family have put out anniversary. the family have put out a statement saying that they are heartbroken to learn of the death of their brother and son in law, kurt w cochrane. victor of the attack. they say kurt was a good man and a loving husband. —— victim. they were there
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to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary and were scheduled to return to the united states today. melissa, his wife, also received injuries in the attack and is being currently ca red injuries in the attack and is being currently cared for in the hospital in london. the family statement expressing gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and asked for prayers on the half of melissa. that was kurt w cochrane, a citizen of the united states, from utah. he has been named as the second fatality from the bridge. aysha frade was the other fatality there on westminster bridge. police continuing their investigations this afternoon and
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saying that they are putting more police on the streets of london as a result of the attack. david haines, the brother of a scottish aid worker who was murdered by islamic state and has joined me here at westminster. thank you very much for being with us. islamic state are claiming responsibility for this attack here, what are your thoughts on that? it doesn't matter who committed the act of terror. what matters is that innocent people have lost their lives. it is
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important that at this time of heartache, we don't let the dividers and the haters brings so much hate into our society that we don't fall for their tricks of violence between communities. the far right are already calling for retribution against innocent muslim communities. to continue that cycle of violence and terror. what is important is that good, honest, decent people stand up against the hatred that they bring into our lives. you must have been shocked as everybody else was when you heard what has happened here. my family's hearts, thoughts and prayers go to those who have lost their lives to the families. to those affected. to the brave
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policeman. it is a horrible, horrible situation. your message the day after this attack is for people to remain calm. we have to remain calm. we can't let them destroy what we have. we live in a multicultural, multi—faith society and the diversity is one of the things that makes great britain great. we can't let the haters divide. we have two stands together, shoulder to shoulder, stand united and let these haters and dividers know that they are not going to win in our country. of course, you are still grieving for your brother. we have got more victims of terror here who suffer. 0bviously families now in morning and grieving, and will be that the
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rest of their lives. as i said, my heart, my thoughts, my prayers are with them. i hope that time brings them solace. thank you very much indeed for being with us. mike haines, whose brother was murdered by islamic state. islamic state saying that they were behind the attack here at westminster. 0f course, the police are still not naming the attacker who was shot dead, but more details are emerging about him. the prime minister theresa may saying that he was born in the united kingdom and had been on the radar some time ago of mi5, he was thought to be a peripheral figure and not part of the current
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picture. islamic state groups as the attack outside parliament was carried out by one of their soldiers who was acting in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition. the man has not been named by the security service, but theresa may say he was known to the security services, but not under severe than is. we arejust hearing about a fear of backlash com is as in the gut —— is that something that worries you? yes. people associate terror with muslims, i think it is important that we disrupt this cycle because at the end of the day, muslims are just as much victims of terrorism as everybody else. the prime minister coming out last night, making her statement in the house of commons today, saying that actually, the
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british will get on with their lives and continue and muslims are absolutely part of that. of course. it is absolutely important. as muslims, we are part of a british society, we do condemn this attack, we need to make sure that we do say that very clearly so that everybody knows that we are part of society. the core message is that we shouldn't allow terrorism to scare us, we shouldn't allow it to corru pters and we us, we shouldn't allow it to corrupters and we shouldn't allow it to dividers. the police who have lost one of their own in this, have called for unity. at the moment, the london mayor sadiq khan is meeting met police with members of your counsel. i'm wondering what your response to the police response has been of the last 2a hours? response to the police response has been of the last 24 hours?” response to the police response has been of the last 24 hours? i commend their stance. unfortunately, there isa
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their stance. unfortunately, there is a backlash and i think it is important that the police to do their best to protect communities and not to allow anyone who wants to use this as an opportunity to incite hatred and indeed violence against anyone in the community. that is very important. islamic state has claimed responsibility. what is the message from the general muslim council of britain? islamic state is a lwa ys council of britain? islamic state is always trying to use any opportunity, i don't even know if this was a islamic state thing, but they are trying to use this opportunity to claim a victory. say they are retaliating or retreating from iraq and gradually being thrown out of mosul. i think they would use any opportunity. it is a press opportunity for them, and opportunities to instil that terror. we should stand still. the muslim council of britain and other organisations are saying let's not
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be terrorised by the message of terror that is trying to be spread by them. when news of this latest attack started a break yesterday, what did you feel you need to do? immediately, our concern is obviously about the scale of the damage. any life, any loss of life, is regrettable. in this instance, we are hearing about three fatalities and about 20 or so injured. that is reg retta ble. fortu nately, and about 20 or so injured. that is regrettable. fortunately, it wasn't much larger, which is a good thing. asa much larger, which is a good thing. as a say, any loss of life is reg retta ble. as a say, any loss of life is regrettable. very quickly, we thought it was important for our message to get out there because again we see some people trying to assign it to muslims, assign it to islam and that is not good enough. time for a look at the weather. good afternoon. it is chilly out and
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about and that is even with the sunshine. it is especially chilly in the south because we have got a fairly brisk wind around. we have had quite a bit of rain. you can see is it across southern counties. a little bit of rain and sleet and snow in the north initially. this is how it looks in devon at the moment. a few more hours of rain to come here. when's strengthening all the time. even with the sunshine, it is a chilly breeze. temperatures are not really doing very well. it is because we have got that north—easterly wind at the moment which is keeping that rain going across the south. the wind strengthens this evening to gale —force strengthens this evening to gale—force across the south coast. possibly severe gale—force. also note some fairly windy, showery conditions across shetland and 0rkney. we keep those showers. this is the overnight temperature profile. those towns and cities. in the countryside, it will turn frosty. especially in scotland, ireland and northern england. there will be some ice around here in the morning. maybe a little bit of freezing fog as well. dawn tomorrow
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morning, we have still got that folk and patchy rain with us. not to the extent this is now, but there are still that grey period of cloud across the south. parts of wales and the west of england. it is frosty, freezing fog, particularly in northern ireland. still that rain and showery rain in the northern isles. temperatures in the glens as we have seen in recent nights getting down to well below freezing, minus five, minus six degrees. taking a while for it toward up. they should leap up to seventh or eighth tomorrow in the south we should see the clouds gradually lifting. it will brighten. the winds do tend to ease, as well. all in all, tomorrow there will be slightly less wind, a little bit more sunshine, less rain around, it shouldn't feel as cold as today. it shouldn't feel as cold as today. it should feel a little bit warmer and we will eventually get rid of those showers in scotland at the northern isles. with high pressure building, it is because we have got high pressure building that it is dry.
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high pressure stays with vista rather we can. we are still pulling in the source of our wind is from the relatively cold sauce. the central eastern parts of europe. although it is dry and it will feel warm in the sunshine, the strengthening much sunshine, biden night we will feel the effects. huge drops in temperature. freezing fog is not able through the morning hours. it should clear mid—morning on. there is more on the website. see you later. you're watching bbc news. i'm ben brown live at westminster where the prime minister says the man behind yesterday's terror attack was british—born and known to mi5. the islamic state group has claimed responsibility. all three victims of yesterday's terror attack which also left scores injured have now been named. kurt cochran, from utah
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in london with his wife to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. spanish teacher, ayesha frade, was one of 2 other people who were killed — seven others are still in a critical condition in hospital.
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