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tv   Breakfast  BBC News  June 4, 2017 6:00am-7:00am BST

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good morning. you are watching bbc brea kfast. good morning. you are watching bbc breakfast. i'm at london bridge in central london were six people were killed last night. counter—terrorism police are still on the scene. in the first incident, a van swerved onto the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians, eyewitnesses say the driver seemed to be deliberately targeting people. get down! he and two other men left the van in nearby borough market, where several people were attacked with knives. they were running in. they were going into all the pubs. i cannot remember all of them. i was saying run, run, run. police responded within eight minutes. armed officers shot dead three attackers. the suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests, but we re looked like explosive vests, but were hoaxes. the prime minister has left the campaign trail to return to london. she'll hold a meeting of the government's emergency cobra committee in westminster
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later this morning. on breakfast this morning, we'll bring you the latest from the scene and keep you up—to—date with the investigation and reaction. good morning from central london, where six people have been killed and several injured during the country's second terrorist attack in less than two weeks. officers responded to reports of a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians on london bridgejust after 10pm. three men got out of the vehicle and started stabbing people on the bridge and at the nearby borough market. all three attackers, who were wearing fake explosives vests, were shot and killed by police. at least 30 people have been taken to hospital, and a number of others with minor injuries were treated at the scene. andy moore reports.
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you may find some of the images in his report distressing. just after ten o'clock on the busy streets of london, police are responding to reports of an ongoing serious incident. get on the ground now! . sirens. what is happening? a white van has driven into pedestrians on london bridge. when it stopped, it's rear doors were flung open and several men flew out. they went on to the busy restaurants and pubs around borough market stabbing people. when i first saw them, they said "this is for allah," and they stabbed this girl 10— 15 times. she said help me, but i couldn't. this was the scene as armed police entered one bar. they
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needed to know immediately if the attackers were still there. as people fled the area, they were told to put their hands on their heads. again, ina to put their hands on their heads. again, in a confused situation, the police needed to tell the attackers from their victims. this image from the scene shows at least one of the attackers lying on the ground wearing what police have said was a fa ke wearing what police have said was a fake explosive vest. in the background are other bodies. armed response officers responded quickly and bravely, confronting the three male suspects who were shot and killed in borough market. the suspects have been confronted and shot by police within eight minutes of the first call. the london ambulance service says at least 30 casualties have been taken to 35 different hospitals. 0ne casualties have been taken to 35 different hospitals. one of those stabbed was a british transport police officer. his injuries are
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serious, but not life—threatening. andy moore, bbc news. people on a bridge and then three men got out and ii? people with men got out and attacked people with knives. with me now is caroline breniere, morgan mounier, and kaine pieri, who saw what happened on london bridge. they were there. what did you see?” was walking out of london bridge station with my friends. we were going to get the bus at london
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bridge and we started noticing that the buses were stopped and there was a van parked on the pavement. lots of police were gathering around the van. the door opened and a lot of people started running. we did not know what happened. vehicle noises. we apologise for the noise. what did you see? you saw the van and lots of people running around. did you see the police presence, anyone injured? when we came out of the station, we saw two police cars near the van. they were coming very fast. police office rs they were coming very fast. police officers were running. we saw armed police getting into the van and opening the doors and getting inside. they were chasing someone and running. they asked everyone to move immediately. what did the police tell you to do? we have had
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reports of people being told to walk away with hands on their heads as police tried to identify who was involved? we arrived just moments after. at the start, police did not seem after. at the start, police did not seem to know what they were doing. we started going down the street and thatis we started going down the street and that is when they put the cordons on. they said go and leave. we subgroups of some of the first people that were maybe there with shocked faces. —— saw groups. i saw someone shocked faces. —— saw groups. i saw someone calling to announce someone had passed away. it was shocking. they cordoned it off 500 metres down theiryou were here overnight. where we re theiryou were here overnight. where were you planning to go in the eveningthere. how did your plans change? we are three journalist stu d e nts change? we are three journalist students coming back from the festival story in south london. coming out of the london street station we were wondering what to do. we were at the crossroad between
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borough market and london bridge us. isaid borough market and london bridge us. i said there were so many police, something is not right. the buses have stopped. that is when we were told to leave. morgan, what were police telling you to do? the police started screaming at one point and telling us to step away from the danger zone. people were hesitant and did not know what to do and were staying around the area. they started being more insistent. when they opened the doors of the van, we realised they were searching something and it wasn'tjust a road accident, that something had happened. it is very distressing what you must have seen and we don't wa nt what you must have seen and we don't want you to say anything that might upset you, but can you tell us what you saw in terms of people being cared for, people being injured, and how the emergency services and police were dealing with it? we did not see anyone being injured on site. wejust think
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not see anyone being injured on site. we just think there were people at the scene and they were coming up the street. some were crying and some were sitting on the floor and calling people. but police officers were just asking to move without really saying where we should go. some were not really taken care should go. some were not really ta ken care of. should go. some were not really taken care of. i know people leaving near borough market, near the train station, two people said come to my place. so... a real feeling of eve ryo ne place. so... a real feeling of everyone working together and helping. definitely. it was quite a long time that the first ambulances arrived, but they rushed up through and lots of people were kind of trying to talk to each other and understand what happened. i think there is such a feeling of shock. no one knew what was going on really. it looks like it could be an accident. i don't know what it really looks like. but it was definitely wrong. thank you very much for your time, definitely wrong. thank you very much foryourtime, everyone. definitely wrong. thank you very
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much for your time, everyone. we can hear helicopters overhead at the moment. counterterrorism police are on the scene still investigating. 0ne on the scene still investigating. one of the hospitals, st thomas' was put on lockdown, as many were. we have the latest from there from helena. this was one of three hospitals put into across in terms of hospitals across london. in terms of the injuries of the people, we have not been told that information yet. but some will have been brought from london bridge itself. and the others from the second incident, from the borough market area. we also know
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from british transport police that one of their officers was on duty last night responding to calls for help from the public. they were injured. ina help from the public. they were injured. in a statement, they said he has suffered injuries to his head, face, and lack. his family is with him, but his condition is not life—threatening. —— leg. we have also been taught by the metropolitan police assistant commissioner that we can expect the number of injured to rise as the day goes on, but to confirm, at least 30 people this morning are being treated at hospitals across london. thank you very much. this investigation is still ongoing. counterterrorism police are still at seen. counterterrorism police are still at seen. it at london bridge and borough market, which is down there. helicopters are keeping an eye on
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the scene. the prime minister has left the campaign trail and has returned to london. theresa may will chaira returned to london. theresa may will chair a cobra committee meeting. we can talk to someone out the front. good morning. we expect the cobra meeting to take place in the next couple of hours. theresa may, the prime minister, has returned to london to chair the meeting, with senior officials and cabinet ministers, and the mayor of london, sadiq khan. we expect them to talk about what happened last night, as well as the wider security implications and presumably the threat level. when there was the terror attack two weeks ago, the threat level was raised from severe to critical, which means a terror attack is expected as being imminent. we would expect them to talk about that as well. there was also 0peration temperer which saw
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1000 armed forces personnel put on the streets of london to help bolster the police efforts going on. we presume all of that will be talked about at the meeting today. the context of this, we are a few days away from the general election. there has been no word as yet as to whether the campaign will be suspended. again, when this happened a few weeks ago, the campaign was suspended for a few days. thank you very much. you are watching bbc news, coming to you from central london and london bridge, where there has been a terrorist incident last night at the six people were killed, dozens were injured and taken to hospital, after a van ploughed into people on london bridge and three men attacked people with knives. counterterrorism officers are still at the scene investigating and making sure it is secure. we will keep you up—to—date
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throughout the day on bbc news from central london. for now, back to the studio with ben. thank you very much. we will be back with her for thank you very much. we will be back with herfor all of thank you very much. we will be back with her for all of the latest reaction from the scene with her soon. but i will bring you up—to—date with the reaction we have had last night. "my thoughts are with everyone affected, and i'd like to thank our emergency services, who were first on the scene, and will be working throughout the night. you can see the next person on the screen, donald trump. us president, donald trump, offered america's support, saying this. "whatever the united states can do to help out in london and the uk, we will be there." "we are with you." and the popstar, ariana grande, who is due to perform at a fundraising concert for the manchester victims tonight simply tweeted. "praying for london." and a love heart there as well. that was just two weeks after the attack in manchester. as we said, it is the third terror
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attack in the uk since march. tonight, a concert for the victims will be held at the old trafford cricket ground, headlines by ariana grande in her first cricket ground, headlines by ariana grande in herfirst performance since that night. security is already tight, but it will get even more tight. indeed. i spent the day here as the final preparations were being made. it is fairto preparations were being made. it is fair to say security was very tight. anyone helping to construct the stage was being searched. security sniffer dogs were being used to check vehicles entering or leaving the site. it is fair to say that security will be increased bearing in mind the events last night. police are saying they are confident
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in the security measures in place around the ground for the event tonight. road blocks are in place already. road closures will increase near the start of the night's event. police are also asking the thousands of people due to come into night not to come with rucksacks or backpacks. they say that is because of the extra security and the amount of time it will take to check all of those. clearly, events in london overnight are on the minds of people. as far as we are aware, this concert will go ahead as planned. but as we have heard, ariana grande has tweeted saying we are thinking of all those affected by the events in london. we will be back with you later, but for now, thank you for that, at old trafford, the location where the concert will take place later this evening. you're watching breakfast from bbc news. the main stories this morning... six people have been killed and more
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than 30 injured in central london in the second terrorist attack to hit the uk in two weeks. some of the later editions of the newspapers have coverage of that. the observer here this morning has a headline about twin terror attacks. the prime minister has abandoned campaigning. she will return to london to chair a cobra emergency committee meeting in response to the attack. the picture there is pixelated but it is thought to be one of the attackers who you heard, earlier, was wearing a fake suicide bomb vests. police have made that clear. 0n the front of the sunday telegraph you see a picture there of a normal saturday night out in london bridge. the area is quite popular on saturday nights with
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bars, festivals and all sorts of events taking place. a busy area known for a good number of tube stations and over overg round known for a good number of tube stations and over overground trains as well,. police say they were made aware of the incident at eight minutes past ten and eight minutes later they had engaged with the attackers but, of course, the investigation now continues and as you heard a little earlier, emergency services are still at the scene emergency services are still at the scene there are in london bridge. this is the mail. six dead as van ru ns this is the mail. six dead as van runs amok. targeting pedestrians on the bridge and then the attackers leaving the van and entering the borough market area. again, our market, a popular area with bars, restau ra nts a nd market, a popular area with bars, restaurants and pubs. very popular and very busy at that time on a saturday evening. it is approaching 18 minutes past six so let's bring
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you up today with the headlines. six people have been killed and over 30 injured in central london in the second terrorist attack to hit the uk in two weeks. a white van hit several pedestrians on london bridge just after ten o'clock last night. three men and left the vehicle and stabbed a number of people before being shot dead by armed police. we will pause now and have a check on the weather. hello, then. a good morning to you. the second half of the weekend is very much like the first. astoria sunny spells but showers as well. some showers will be on the heavyside. a couple of showers showers scattered around at the moment, a chilly start out there as well and a couple of fog patches as well and a couple of fog patches as well. on the satellite picture you can see an area of cloud racing towards the south—west of england and wales and this will bring slightly more persistent rain in these areas through this morning as
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it tracks eastward through the date and break up into showers with sunny spells in between. showers per ton across northern england but a fair amount of dry weather here throughout the day and plenty of showers across northern ireland scotla nd showers across northern ireland scotland although perhaps not as many as they were yesterday. for the middle of the afternoon, plenty of dry weather and sunshine across the bulk of england and wales. some heavy showers pushing across southern and central areas. some showers scattered across wales and one or two across northern england. here there will be a fair amount of sunshine through the afternoon with temperatures around 16 or 17 degrees. a fresh feel to the weather and showers for northern ireland scotla nd and showers for northern ireland scotland but as many as yesterday. they could still be a heavy one with a flash of lightning and a rubble of wonderful not during this evening a few showers will push across eastern england, continuing through time in scotla nd england, continuing through time in scotland but they now attention turns to the western rain moving into scotland from northern ireland and this trailing weather front which will become a big player in our weather as we had through tomorrow because this band of rain
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is just tomorrow because this band of rain isjust going to tomorrow because this band of rain is just going to continue to work its way in across wales and north—west england, especially. could see a lot of rain in these areas that could cause issues with localised flooding. rain moving in as well across the south—west with hefty showers across northern scotla nd hefty showers across northern scotland and made on the day we will see some strong winds especially for coasts of the south—west. not a great day in store, i must say. 14— 19 degrees. this wet weather is associated with a couple of different areas of low pressure. the first one sliding across scotland at this next one developing and this really will hang around for quite sometime, hang around into tuesday. what it means is that fall northern and eastern scotland, tuesday will be wet. persistent as the rain piles up. a blustery day elsewhere. i cold there was a mixture of sunshine and showers. temperatures 14— 18 degrees. now, back to london. thank you very much. i am in central
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london this morning near london bridge where a terrorist incident, the second in less than two weeks to hit the country took place. men in a van ploughed into people on london bridge. over six people have been killed and 30 others injured. after the van ploughed into people, three men got out and started attacking people with knives. the incident took place on london bridge and borough market, a popular area on saturday evening when people were congregating and drinking, a sociable area, very popular with many tube stations and overground stations. a busy area. people were told to run, to get away from the area as it emerged that this incident has taken place. emergency services were on the scene within minutes, making sure that people we re minutes, making sure that people were being treated and the area was secured full i'm joined now by sir brian. thank you forjoining us. you lived five minutes from this area. when did you first hear of something
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happening? i was looking at my twitter feed and saw reports coming m, twitter feed and saw reports coming in, put on the television and saw very frightening and worrying incident unfolding. very frightening and worrying incident unfoldinglj very frightening and worrying incident unfolding. i was explaining what this area is like. it is busy and ona what this area is like. it is busy and on a saturday night, people congregate. a great and sociable area. what kind of scale would the police have been dealing with in terms of securing people in the area? there would have been hundreds of people, not only in bars and restau ra nts of people, not only in bars and restaurants but they tend to spell out onto the street. it is a quiet sort of side road off borough high street where the market is so they would have been faced with, literally, hundreds of people to cope with. and what would they have been told? when they first heard that this happened at eight minutes past ten and called to the scene, what would the first priority for police have been? according to the assistant commissioner, police were on the scene within eight minutes of
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the call. they were obviously reports of men with knives and so the first response would have been from armed officers, probably. we have armed response vehicles all over london, ready to respond to this sort of incident and to respond is really a credit to the plan is that the police have laid this sort of incident. threat level now is at critical, we understand that the attackers were shot. what would have been the process in terms of armed police and how to react to these men? our understanding is, and there has been a photograph that was widely shown, which shows that at least one of these people with knives had what looked like a bomb belt which turned out, according to the assistant commissioner, to be a fa ke the assistant commissioner, to be a fake bomb dog. but what we were potentially dealing with, what the officers were faced with mark were
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people who were violent who potentially could have been suicide bombers. therefore officers had to make split—2nd in those very difficult circumstances and decided to shoot the people. what would the response of being to restaurant owners? we hear of cores that many restau ra nt owners? we hear of cores that many restaurant owners were keeping civilians inside to keep them safe. then we were told that many people we re then we were told that many people were told to run, to doorway with hands on their heads to identify themselves. the difficulty is that in the immediate aftermath of any incident like this there is confusion. it is difficult to pin down confusion. it is difficult to pin d own exa ctly confusion. it is difficult to pin down exactly what has happened and in this case exactly how many people we re in this case exactly how many people were involved stop so although people may have seen three people with knives that could have been more people and therefore the police we re more people and therefore the police were quite concerned for quite a while but there may have been other people on the loose too dangerous. we see police around us at the moment and hear helicopters overhead. police be doing now in
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terms of the investigation? police will be let urgently looking into the background of the three people who died. we heard that in manchester within. .. who died. we heard that in manchester within... within who died. we heard that in manchester within. .. within one who died. we heard that in manchester within... within one hour orso, manchester within... within one hour or so, they knew the identity of the bomber. that is what they are going to be looking for. they are going to be preserving the scene for forensics so that they can present evidence to the coroner around exact what has happened but they will be urgently looking into whether or not there are other people who perhaps assisted these three people who have been shot. thank you forjoining me. you will be with us all morning and we will keep you up—to—date with the investigation as it continues. counterterrorism police are on the scene counterterrorism police are on the scene in the latest reaction from here in london bridge where the attack took place last night. then, to you. thank you very much. we will return in a few moments. i would like to recap a few are justjoining us like to recap a few are justjoining us this morning the latest news. six people have been killed in a terrorist attack in central london.
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the response, some of the motivations, we have a doctor with us, security and terrorism expert from the university of bradford. that morning. let's talk first of all about what we know. because on one hand primitive attack using a vehicle and driving into pedestrians and a knife attack after that. it is not bearing of the same hallmarks as the manchester attack two weeks ago. 0n the other hand it seems relatively organised in that there we re relatively organised in that there were three attackers. yes. absolutely. here we are again, we are fitting exactly in this position and we try to exactly figure out what happened. 0f and we try to exactly figure out what happened. of course at this stage we really want to refrain from too much speculation. but when you do look at the picture, when you look at exactly what has happened last night, unfortunately it is very consistent with some of the other atrocities that we have seen in recent months. not only in the uk
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but across the continent. to a very large extent, the atrocity that we witnessed last night is similar to what happened in march in london. that atrocity was conducted by a single man which is obviously different. but the nature of that attack, the nature of the activity was very attack, the nature of the activity was very similar. and we look at the nature of what this is inspired by, whether it is inspired or co—ordinated by ices. we have seen a suggestion that people may be taken up suggestion that people may be taken up the cause. nobody has claimed any responsibility yet so i really do not wish to speculate. as i mentioned, it is an atrocity that is consistent with some of the other atrocities that we have seen conducted by ices. i must reflect on that, last week, ride the of rama dond, we were warned by their
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spokesperson he came up with this announcement that during the month of rama dond disorganisation, islamic state, is going to pacify their operations. not only in the middle east but actually in the west as well. of course, you need to remember that in previous rama done in 2016, they claimed that they killed or injured over 5000 people. although nobody has claimed any responsibility yet it over the last week or so there is islamic state repeatedly have been warning us about intensifying their operations in places like london. a one to ask you about the timing because during the holy month of rama done we have heard calls previously from the leaders of ices claiming that people should use whatever tools they have at their disposal. just make the
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comparison with us for 2016. we we saw that last month during the month of ramadan. of course, we did. you must remember that last year the previous spokesman called on their supporters, their believers, people who truly believe in the message and the practices of islamic state that they should use any tool at their disposal to attack unbelievers. they should use their cars, they should use... i don't know, any tool to create maximum fear and maximum destruction. of course, shortly after that announcement at spokesman was killed and now we have a new spokesperson for the organisation. and, yet, we see exactly the same message. if you look at the is magazine that they publish, in their ramadan it edition we saw more or
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less the same message. they called on their supporters to randomly attack unbelievers. and you are absolutely right. we do not want to get into the realms of speculation as it is still early days. i wonder if we have seen this rise in attacks in response to specific overseas policy or governor policy and, of course, the timing now in the run—up to the general election, they must be significant. we don't know who has done this. no one has claimed responsibility. in the last few weeks, there has been a dynamic debate about the root causes of terrorism, certainly in the regards to transnationaljihad. without any doubt, british and western foreign policy has a role. western foreign policy has a role. we cannot ignore 2003 and libya in
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2011. but at the same time, it would be reductionist to reduce everything right now only to a reaction to british foreign policy, though it is important in the equation. when you widen the framework and the picture, you see that some other countries like germany also have been a victim of this type of atrocity. germany had a very humane approach to the syrian refugee crisis, for example. imean, syrian refugee crisis, for example. i mean, they open their borders and hundreds of thousands of refugees are merrily from syria and iraq went to germany. —— primarily. and more broadly, they stood up to the uk and us and did this. germany, despite unproblematic foreign policy, i
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still targeted by organisations like islamic state and al qaeda. still targeted by organisations like islamic state and al qaedam still targeted by organisations like islamic state and al qaeda. it is good to hear from you. islamic state and al qaeda. it is good to hearfrom you. a islamic state and al qaeda. it is good to hear from you. a security and terrorism expert. i know you will stay with us. we are continuing coverage of the attack last night in london. back to naga. thank you very much. i am in central london where the attack took place. six people have been killed and several injured during the country's second terrorist attack in less than two weeks. we understand a van with three men ploughed into people on london bridge. they got out of the van and started attacking people with knives on the street. emergency services, we understand, were at the scene quickly reacting. behind me you can see the strong police presence. counterterrorism services are still
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investigating the incident and making sure security is tight and the investigation can continue without interference as much as possible. we can understand now that mark rowley, the assistant commissioner of the metropolitan police, has been reacting to this. we can hear from police, has been reacting to this. we can hearfrom him. we have been responding. we are treating this as a terrorist incident and a full investigation is already under way by the counter terrorism command of london. you will understand knowledge of the incident is still growing. at the moment, what we understand is as follows. at eight minutes past ten last night, we began to hear reports of pedestrians being struck by a vehicle on london bridge. the vehicle on london bridge. the vehicle continued to drive the borough market. the suspects left the vehicle attempting to stab a number of people, including an on duty british travel police officer who was responding to the incident.
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—— british transport police officer. he was hurt, but survived, thankfully. the three male suspects we re thankfully. the three male suspects were confronted and shot and killed in borough market. they were shot and confronted by police within eight minutes of the first call. the suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests, but they were later established to be hoaxes. the ongoing operation is led by the met working with the british transport police, and the london ambulance and fires services. it is sad, but we have found out that six have died at least in addition to the three suspects, and 30 have gone to hospital to six hospitals in london, though the numbers are still rising.
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i would ask people to avoid london bridge and borough market to allow us bridge and borough market to allow us to continue the investigation. this investigation, as i have said, is led by the counter terrorism command, and we ask for help from the public in the following way. anyone with images or a film from the event tonight, someone in the area, uploaded to www. ukpoliceimageappeal. co. uk. you will find that tweeted out on various newsfeeds. and, of course, our thoughts are with people who we re our thoughts are with people who were involved and those concerned with loved ones in the area. they should contact the casualty here are on 0800 0961233. -- the should contact the casualty here are on 0800 0961233. —— the euro. that numberagain is on 0800 0961233. —— the euro. that number again is 0800 0961233. we are increasing police presence across london. in forthcoming days,
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you can expect to see more police resources a cross you can expect to see more police resources across the capital. i asked the public to be vigilant and contact us with concerns. —— ask. mark rowley, assistant commissioner of he met police, giving a press briefing. let me tell you what is happening at london bridge. just down there is borough market is an london bridge. it has been cordoned off for obvious security reasons. helicopters have gone overhead to make sure security is kept while police officers investigate the scene and take forensic evidence and look at exactly what has happened, making sure the area is secured. mark rowley was talking about loved ones and people being concerned about loved ones. there are many hotels in this area and it is very busy. lots of residents living here have been told to leave the area. hotels in
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the area have been putting up people. they have fed them and watered them and making sure they are warm. that is what people have not been allowed to go home. this is the second there attacking two weeks in this country with six people killed and at least 30 injured after a van ploughed into people on london bridge last night shortly after 10pm. the men left the vehicle and started attacking people with knives. we have heard restaurant owners were keeping people inside the restaurants. we have heard the men were banging on the windows threatening the people inside. it was a situation of panic and great fear, as you can well understand. we understand the prime minister has left the campaign trail and will chaira left the campaign trail and will chair a cobra meeting later. we are in westminster ahead of that meeting. ellie price can keep us
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up—to—date. good morning. we are expecting senior officials and cabinet ministers and the mayor of london and the prime minister to chair this meeting in the next few hours. they will be brought up—to—date with what is going on in the investigation along with the wider security implications. when the terror attack happened at manchester less than two weeks ago, there was a lot of talk of the threat level being raised, as well as 0peration temperer, which was introduced in which 1000 personnel from the armed forces were introduced to london to help bolster the efforts of the police here in the efforts of the police here in the capital. we expect conversations like that to take place again. all of this is of course within the context of the general election which will take place in a few days' time. no official word as yet as to whether campaigning will be postponed, though we would imagine
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that it would do, certainly for today, after the manchester attacks had similar pauses. some don't have that luxury with the general election taking place on thursday. it is unlikely the general election itself will be postponed, but there is definitely a sense that if and when the campaign goes ahead in the coming days, it will be rather muted with what politicians will be prepared to say. clearly, security will be a key issue. thank you very much. i am in central london at london bridge near borough market where the attack took place last night. we have been getting several eyewitness accounts coming through. i should update you, the metropolitan police have confirmed that a british transport police 0fficer that a british transport police officer was seriously injured as he responded last night. lots of information coming through. police
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are still continuing the investigation and trying to make sure the area is secure. lots of eyewitness accounts coming through. we can tell you and show you now one person's experience last night. gerard. he tried to confront the attackers. this may be confronting. so i walk up to london bridge, i go passed the natwest bank, come under the train bridge, the next minute i saw a geezer on the floor going, "i've been stabbed, i've been stabbed." i looked at him, there was blood on him, "someone's stabbed my mate, someone's stabbed my mate." the next thing i saw three muslim guys run up with knives, they ran up started stabbing this girls, the three of them, i was defenseless, i couldn't do nothing, mate. they attacked her, then they stabbed another guy i think if i remember rightly, i was a bit shocked, they started running up the road, i started going, "everybody run, they're terrorists, run, run, run, they're stabbing everyone." i followed them went to the natwest bank towards borough market, i started running up to the tavern, they stabbed the bouncer,
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they were stabbing, running in all the pubs, all the bars, i can't remember all of them, they were stabbing everyone. i was going to people, "run, run, run!" i was throwing bottles at them, pint glasses, stools, chairs, i tried to do as many things as i could but that the end of the day i was defenceless, mate. if i had fell over they would have stabbed me. you said they were stabbing everyone, what did you see them do? they were running up saying this is for allah, and they ran up and stabbed this girl i don't know how many times, maybe ten or 15 times. she was going, "help me, help me!" i couldn't do nothing, i tried to help, i threw something, there was a bike on the floor, i tried to pick up a chair but it was locked to it, just to get them away from her but i couldn't do anything. when you look at the cctv, the police will, they will see me on the cctv at borough market chasing them and throwing bottles at them and glasses, that's a silly thing to do but i was just trying
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to save people's lives. did they actually try and attack you? yeah, they tried to stab me. do you have an injury? no, no, no. i threw something at them, a stool, a chair, and as i threw i hit a couple of them on the head, hit a couple of them like that on the back. then they ran towards me to try to stab me and if i slipped over i would be dead now, i would have been killed there and then. that was the account of an eyewitness at the scene last night at london bridge and borough market where six people were killed by attackers who drove a van and ploughed into people on london bridge and then got out of the van and stabbed people with knives. we understand 30 at least have been injured. joining us is the leader of southwark council. you live close to this area and heard the sirens as the incident took place. that is right. i was at home and heard the helicopters and sirens and some of the controlled explosions during last night. it was a horrific thing to know what's going on so close. i
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give condolences to the family and friends of those who have died and those who have been caught up in this truly horrific incident. absolutely. thank you for that. have you been told what happens in terms of security in this area? obviously, police lead in areas, incidents like this. we set up an emergency area for the burrough. for those who cannot get home. it is a well oiled machine which stepped in to action in times like this. but the police are the key lead agency at this time. can you tell us about this area, time. can you tell us about this area , you time. can you tell us about this area, you are so time. can you tell us about this area, you are so well versed in it. it is usually lively on a saturday. it is usually lively on a saturday. it is. it is amazing. i was at an event celebrating this part of our borough. i was with someone who was the early chair of the borough market. the area has transformed in the last 15— 20 years. it is an area
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people enjoy spending weekends during the day and night. as you know, the air is full of bars and restau ra nts a nd know, the air is full of bars and restaurants and the noise and vibrancy. it is terrible to know such a vibrant area of the city has been impacted in this way. london bridge is at the other side of the city. of course, london bridge, a busy station as well. but borough market, filled with lots of bars and a impactarea. market, filled with lots of bars and a impact area. there are little lanes and it is historic. it is sitting right next to a cathedral. we work closely with them, borough market, the cathedral, all of the company organisations in this area, to keep it going. after so much work, making it so iconic, it is so sad to think this happened last night. what have you been told in terms of security right now? what happens next in terms of getting people back home? obviously, the cordon will remain in place for as
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long as police the german. we will give any help to those who need it. —— determine. police believe that, obviously. we obviously want to see things get back to normal as soon as possible. but obviously, police must investigate. 0bviously, possible. but obviously, police must investigate. obviously, we have to reflect on what happened and think about those impacted by last night's event. just going back to last night, where did you first hear of it and what would your role have beenin it and what would your role have been in terms of leader of southwark council? i knew and many knew when the bbc news flash came up on my phone. it was making sure that eve ryo ne phone. it was making sure that everyone was in their emergency roles. that was what i was doing. as someone roles. that was what i was doing. as someone who is a local resident themselves, to the uk people, who have experienced very second attack
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in the last two weeks, what would you say? we take so much pride in the fact so many different backgrounds are living together here. that will continue. nothing will change because of what happened last night. this will remain a diverse melting pot and they wonderful part of london. ijust think that the terrorist, they have caused a great deal of grief, but achieves nothing last night in terms of how the borough will go on. thank you. that sentiment is reflected among londoners as we you. that sentiment is reflected among londoners as we saw you. that sentiment is reflected among londoners as we saw after the manchester attacked as well. —— attacks. six people have killed and nearly 50 injured in central london in second a terror attack to hit the uk in two weeks. a white van hit several pedestrians on london bridgejust
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after ten o'clock last night. three men then left the vehicle and stabbed a number of people before being shot by armed police. we will pause for a moment and take a look what the weather is doing this morning. the weatherfor what the weather is doing this morning. the weather for the second half of the weekend is very similar to what we had for the first half of the weekend. sunny spells in places but also some showers and some of those showers will be on the heavyside. a chilly start out there with one or two fog patches as well and also a few showers already. if we look at the satellite picture you can see an area of cloud pushing across the south—west of england and wales. this will bring an area of more persistent showery rain eastwards through the morning that will break up as it moves into parts of the midlands in central southern england this afternoon. lots of showers in northern ireland scotland although not as many as they were yesterday. showers as well for the of england, east anglia and the
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south—east may stay dry. by four o'clock the south—west, wales actually not looking too bad. spells of sunshine we showers drifting further east across parts of the midland. far south—east probably staying dry so much of the afternoon. showers across the north of england but plenty of fine weather here. a cool fresh buildable weather. northern ireland scotland, yes, quite a few showers but not as as many as they were yesterday. some of them, however, could still be on the heavyside with —— with the odd rumble of thunder. turning out attention to the west, heavy rain moving through and you can see a line of rain hanging back to the west. that will be a big player in our weather because this line of wet weather or will just set in our weather because this line of wet weather or willjust set in across parts of wales and north—west england. some areas could see heavy rain hour after hour and that could cause issues with flooding. certainly travel disruption as possible. probably dry for much of
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the dry to day across the south—east. hefty showers to the north—east. as we move through monday night and into tuesday we have two areas of low pressure which will hang around as we go on into tuesday, bringing further heavy rain across north—east scotland and the persistence of this rain is the big thing. it will go on for quite sometime which could cause issues. a blustery cold day elsewhere on tuesday with a mix of sunshine and showers. thank you very much, then. if you are waking up to us on bbc breakfast this morning we are bringing you news of a horrific attack that took face in london bridge in central london here yesterday evening ‘s shortly after ten p.m.. ex— people we re shortly after ten p.m.. ex— people were killed and 30 injured. we have reports that a van with freeman ploughed into people on london
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bridge, killing six people and then the three men got out of the van and began attacking people with knives. the incident happened on london bridge and borough market, a thriving and bustling area where many people congregated last night. 0ur many people congregated last night. our home editor has been talking to two eyewitnesses who live above the market and saw the events unfold yesterday evening. i should warn you that some accounts may be distressing to viewers. around about ten past ten we were watching a film with our windows wide open and we heard a commotion, you know? smashing glasses, tables and chairs being tipped over and lots of screaming. ijumped being tipped over and lots of screaming. i jumped out being tipped over and lots of screaming. ijumped out and look out the window on to southwark street and saw lots of people screaming and running in trying to get out of the way of something. most people trying to run down into the underground station, rundown borough high street. people were running everywhere. we had people yelling
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that there had been a stabbing. everywhere. we had people yelling that there had been a stabbingm was when i saw a lot of people running down into the underground that i thought it seemed a lot more serious because it was mass panic. notjust a serious because it was mass panic. not just a fight serious because it was mass panic. notjust a fight or something. there was one ambulance had gone to the stabbing, one young guy seemed to come out of the pub and he was knocking on windows of the ambulance service in a panic saying that he needed his friend —— that his friend needed his friend —— that his friend needed help. whether he was stabbed inside or outside the b said his friend was stabbed he was in the pub. there was another guy in his 40s standing on the other side of the ambulance and looking the other window saying i have been stabbed and he was covered in blood. no police at this stage? they were trying to get to london bridge. until this one guy walked out in the road and managed to grab the attention of one of the police cars and basically force them down that road and said look, you have to go down stony street. he is down there. so one police screeched down stony
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street and then within about five seconds there were six gunshots. it sounded like six clear gunshots. i am convinced that i heard some sort of baying and lots of people running out of the slug and letters and then armed police running in their and it was in that area, the borough high street area we had a series of gunshots. i looked out the window and there were loads of armed police and there were loads of armed police and they were mentioning that there we re and they were mentioning that there were three guys with three devices strapped to them. i shouted down and asked what we would do and they told us asked what we would do and they told us to stay here. and then it was when everything seemed to calm down... there was not a lot of people around and not many people, a lot of police. we looked out the window and the bomb robot turned up. i've that point i shouted down. they
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had cleared everyone out of the area. i shouted down and asked what we should do. one officer said get out, you must get out of the building now. just run. all you have to do now is run as far as you can down southwark street. we had to run in the middle of the road the time we we re in the middle of the road the time we were running, it wasjust us. in my memory there were at least two casualties. i think i saw three. two or three people in the middle of the road getting attention. it must be emotional. how are you feeling? i feel a little bit odd. a little bit in shock. it is like ijust experienced something... but i love london. this is where i am from. it feels like it is one of those things where you will not be shaken by it. liam and claudia they're speaking to mark easton. they were eyewitnesses
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of the attack that happened here at london bridge and borough market last night shortly after ten p.m.. we understand that six people have been killed and, of course, it is a fluid situation and the number of people injured now we understand has been totalled at a8, just shy of we will keep you up—to—date with what is happening with the investigation and reaction here from the scene in central london. we will return shortly. think very much. we will be back in just a few moments. i would like to bring in at this point a former police officer 17 years experience. thank you for coming in. it is interesting. we heard in the clip that was introduced there are that liam and claudia were caught up in the events last night. given your experience, what will have happened? how do the police respond to this in terms of clearing the area and making sure people can get to safety? identifying what specific area in question, they will have
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received, they will have been inundated with calls from people in a state of panic. so once they have achieved the geographical location, london bridge, that is a big area and very busy. i imagine a lot of confusion because people are not quite certain where any noises coming from, where people are running and that is the danger.m is chaos and the armed response vehicles in the area are used to that sort of response to those of the situation. however then there are many innocent people and chaos as being concerned and three people jumping out of a rental van. it has a ready plough down people. mass panic across the place and then you also have the problem that it is a very, very large area between borough market and the bridge. although it is eight minutes, i think, before the armed response officers killed three suspects, that will have felt like a long, long
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time. absolutely. iwanted will have felt like a long, long time. absolutely. i wanted to pick up time. absolutely. i wanted to pick up on that. the first calls were received at ten awake last night and then we heard from the met this morning telling us by 1016, eight minutes later, police were engaging with the attackers. as you said, however, to us it seems quickjust eight minutes but if you are in the middle of all that it is quite a long time. any police officer will tell you the dealing in this sort of a situation one—minute feels like ten, it really does. and when you deal with people who do not have a clue what is going on in that area of london with people who do not speak english, one of your eyewitnesses was on a tour bus showing people around. they will have been absolutely terrified, not knowing what was happening. and the police officers who arrived at the scene, it sounds as if they did quite a good job of clearing in keeping people's confidence up. quite a good job of clearing in keeping people's confidence upm terms of the police response, run, hyde, tell. quite a change in
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advice, a significant moment when the police issue tweets or state m e nts the police issue tweets or statements to run, hyde and tell. that is the advice to people, just to get out of the situation. absolutely. preservation of life. that is always the way it should be in any senior commanders point of view when they look at a situation like this strategically it is preservation of life festival. people come first before anything. if that means hiding in a cupboard or under a table, anywhere where terrorists cannot get to you then thatis terrorists cannot get to you then that is the right advice to give. now nearly two weeks since that attack at manchester. the concert will take place now to raise money for the appeal. i'm interested in the police response because we saw the police response because we saw the terror threat level was raised to the highest after that but then downgraded to severe. what we know about why was downgraded and is this the latest attack a big miss? it is
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difficult to say whether or not it isa difficult to say whether or not it is a big miss. people question whether it should have been lowered. i still believe it is high, it is critical. to temper that down from bringing the military the streets is probably better to give people that reassurance would that have stopped the attack last night? no, i don't think it would have come to be honest. it is a random act of violence, an atrocity. they got a rental van and took it over a busy bridge. to stop that you would need a physical blockade in place. on one hand, a relatively primitive attack. at the same time you look at at the fa ct we at the same time you look at at the fact we were told there were three attackers. it does take organisation. it does. it takes a mindset for all three of them, by the look of it they appeared to know they were going to their own death released a very violent injury. if thatis released a very violent injury. if that is the case these people are
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heavily radicalised and in a terribly extreme way. continuing to police that is nigh on impossible. brief word on the cobra meeting. what will be going on right now?m isa what will be going on right now?m is a strategic meeting to get all the intelligence in one place. very much a case of filtered information so much a case of filtered information so that she can give the public reassurance message. however the chiefs of staff and jtac will be looking at the overall problem in london. there will also be looking at regional areas, such as what is going on in manchester and making big decisions as to how they police that and use intelligence. the main thing at the moment is who are these three attackers and how will we get anybody else involved court. thank you very much. we will have continuing coverage of events in london last night you can see some pictures they are. just to recap, six people killed, three suspects
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shot dead by police. good morning. you're watching bbc breakfast. i'm at london bridge where six people were killed last night and almost 50 injured in two attacks just a few hundred metres apart. counter—terrorism police are still on the scene. in the first incident, a van swerved onto the pavement into pedestrians. eyewitnesses said the driver seemed to be deliberately targeting people. get down! he and two other men left the van in nearby borough market where several people were attacked by knives. everyone in all of the bars, he was stabbing people and i was saying, run, run, run. police responded in eight minutes and the suspects were shot. they were
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