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Of these, 21 remain in a critical condition.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick condemned the atrocity as "appalling" and "ghastly".

She said police believe there were three attackers at London Bridge and Borough Market and that all had been "neutralised".

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Timeline | How events in London unfolded

Attackers brought carnage to the streets of the capital, stabbing a police officer and revellers with 12-inch knives, reportedly shouting "this is for Allah".

The trio were pictured wearing what appeared to be explosive vests, with police later confirming they were hoaxes.

Police were called at around 10.08pm to reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge.

The white van then continued to drive to Borough Market. Three men then left the vehicle and began to stab people, including a British Transport Police Officer;

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At a glance | Theresa May's four-point plan to defeat terror

The suspects were confronted and shot by police at Borough Market within eight minutes of the first call being made.

Meanwhile, the major political parties have suspended national election campaigning after the London Bridge terror attack.

After consultation between the parties, national activities were put on hold until Sunday evening at least, with the position set to be reviewed later in the day.

But Ukip broke with the other parties by refusing to suspend its General Election campaign, with leader Paul Nuttall warning that stalling the democratic process could lead to more attacks.

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Key articles | London terror attacks



Site of one of the raids

 A Sky news reporter has tweeted a picture of one of the properties that were raided this morning.

BREAKING - Two more raids in east London this morning in connection with London Bridge attack. This property in Dagenham being searched

— Mark White (@skymarkwhite) June 5, 2017


British Muslims need to ask 'searching questions'

British Muslims should "go further" than condemning terror attacks, a government minister has said.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said members of his faith should be challenging extremism adding: "We can no longer shy away from those difficult conversations".

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Sajid Javid  said British Muslims need to "go further" than condemning terror attacks Credit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph

The candidate for Bromsgrove said speaking as a Muslim, there was the need to ask "searching questions".

Writing in the Times, he said:

"As British Muslims, we rightly condemn terror attacks. But we must go further. It is not enough to condemn. Muslims must challenge too.

"This will take courage. All communities must feel confident in calling out extremism where they see it.

"It may be uncomfortable, people may feel embarrassed about making judgments, but we can no longer shy away from those difficult conversations."


New crash barriers on bridges

Crash barriers have been erected on some of London's bridges in response to the terror attack.

The BBC said Transport for London were "supporting the Met Police". 

Barriers have been installed overnight on some of London's bridges in response to #londonattack. @TfL are ''supporting the Met Police.''

— BBC London Newsroom (@BBCLondonNews) June 5, 2017


Police confirm properties being searched

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed more raids are being carried out in east London in the early hours of Monday. 

It said in a statement: 

At around 04:15hrs on Monday, 5 June, officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command investigating the London Bridge terror attack entered two further addresses - one in Newham and another in Barking.

A number of people have been detained and are at present being spoken to.

Searches are ongoing at both addresses.


Fresh raids reported in Dagenham

The BBC is reporting that more police raids have been carried out in Dagenham and Barking in connection with Saturday's attack.

Social media users have been reporting gunfire and explosions in the area. 

Gunfire during Police raid now happening in #Dagenham

— Old Holborn✘ (@Holbornlolz) June 5, 2017

Dagenham, multiple gunshots fired and A13 closed two police running down the A13 eastbound...

— James Lodge (@jameslodge) June 5, 2017


Turnbull reveals fourth Australian caught up in attack

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed that four Australians were caught up in the attack, one more than previously thought, writes

Jonathan Pearlman.

He said there were "very real concerns" about two of them. 

Two of the Australians have been identified: Candice Hedge, who was stabbed in the throat and is recovering in hospital, and Andrew Morrison, who was stabbed in the throat and is returning home. 

Our prayers and resolute solidarity are today as always with the people of Britain in the face of the shocking terrorist attacks in London.

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) June 4, 2017

Mr Turnbull said officials have been in touch with the families of the victims but were yet to confirm the circumstances of two of them.

"As you know, there are around 130,000 Australians living in the UK at any given time, and many Australian visitors, and there were many Australians in the vicinity of the attack," he said.

"This corruption of Islam, this blasphemous corruption of millions of Muslims around the world, trying to poison the religion from the inside and threaten all of our way of life." 


Commuters to face more disruption

London commuters are facing disruption to their journeys on Monday morning after terror struck the capital on Saturday evening.

The Metropolitan Police said cordons put in place while officers carry out investigation work would remain "well into Monday", while train services will also be disrupted.

London Bridge rail station will reopen on Monday at 5am but as exit only, while the Underground station will be open, Transport for London said.

You should expect to see more police officers patrolling stations in London and the south east following last night’s attacks.

— BTP (@BTP) June 4, 2017

The mainline station is a key gateway for travellers heading to Kent and Surrey, with National Rail saying services on Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink are likely to be disrupted.

British Transport Police said people may notice an increased police presence following the attacks which killed seven.

In a statement, the force said: "Members of the public should expect to see extra police officers patrolling stations in London and the south east following the attacks.

"You may also see some of our armed police officers at stations."


Australian foreign minister gives latest on injured

Australia's foreign minister says three Australians have been injured in the knife attacks.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Candice Hedge is recovering in St. Thomas' Hospital and Andrew Morrison had received stitches for a wound and was on his way home to Australia. Both had been stabbed in the neck. The government is still making inquiries into the third Australian's condition.

Hedge, a 34-year-old waitress, has been living in Britain for about a year and was working in the Borough Markets area where witnesses say she was stabbed as she tried to hide under a table.

She posted on social media: "Hey everyone, just so you know im doing ok. Bit of pain but I will survive."

Morrison, an electrician from Darwin, posted on social media that he had been stabbed leaving Belushi's London Bridge bar after watching the Champions League final.

Morrison said in a video: "All of a sudden this guy comes up with a knife. I just, like, push him off. I walk into a pub and I'm like: 'Someone help me, I've just been stabbed.' "


Update on French victims

French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says a French citizen died in the attacks and seven were taken to hospital, four of whom were in a critical state. Another French national is missing, he added.

Newspaper Ouest-France reported the victim was from St Malo, Brittany, and worked in a bar in the London Bridge area.

Read here for more details about those killed or injured in the attack.


US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis: US and allies 'don't scare' in face of Isil attacks

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States and its allies are not intimidated by Islamic State violence.

In remarks at the opening of US-Australian talks in Sydney, Mattis said the allies are united in their resolve to defend against Isil.

He did not mention the latest deadly attack in London, but he said Isil is wrong to think that by perpetrating violence, it can "scare us."

Mattis said: "We don't scare."


Trump: 'This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end'

The US president has been speaking again about the London attacks, calling them "evil slaughter" and saying "this bloodshed will end".

According to a White House statement, Mr Trump spoke to Theresa may to "express our unwavering support" and do everything in his power to "bring those that are guilty to justice".

We renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life. And it has gone on too long. This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end. As president I will do what is necessary is to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores.


Police uncover YouTube link to London terror attack 

Counter-terrorism officers secretly recorded an alleged Isil-inspired terror cell in Barking last month discussing how to use YouTube to plot a van and knife attack in London, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

The investigators were monitoring the alleged extremist cell in the east London borough weeks before Saturday night’s attack in the capital, which left seven dead and 48 injured. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Sunday police arrested 12 people, among them seven women – all of them in Barking and other parts of east London, where at least one of Saturday’s killers was believed to have lived. Those arrested were aged from 19 to 60.

The Daily Telegraph has discovered that one alleged suspect said the intended method was to “use a car as a weapon” and boasted that he had radicalised more than a dozen “students” in Barking “wanting to martyr themselves”.

He said the plot would involve driving at pedestrians and then getting out of the vehicle to attack others. He added: “YouTube videos all make it properly easy to do.”

One of the plotters talked about “getting an automatic [vehicle] so the boys can drive it”.

Read the full story.


Cordon to remain in place around part of Borough Market area

A cordon remains in area of Borough High St & Market, Montague Cl & Stoney St. The cordon will remain overnight and well into Monday (1/2)

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 4, 2017

(2/2) We advise residents they will not be able to access properties until cordon is lifted. Thank you for your patience and co-operation,

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 4, 2017



Chrissy Archibald pictured

This the first named victim of the London attacks, Canadian  Chrissy Archibald:

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Chrissy Archibald



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Hillary Clinton: 'Your friends in the US stand with you'

After acts of unspeakable cruelty & cowardice, the people of London & the UK choose resolve over fear. Your friends in the US stand w/ you.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 4, 2017



Footage of man holding pint while escaping London Bridge terror attack goes viral



London Bridge station will reopen tomorrow morning

The station will be open tomorrow. Tooley St & St Thomas St entrances open from 0500 & remainder from 0800 pending on ongoing investigations

— London Bridge (@NetworkRailLBG) June 4, 2017



US national security adviser H.R. McMaster: 'Atrocities' in Afghanistan and Britain underscore shared challenges

U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster has said that recent "atrocities" in Afghanistan and Britain underscored the urgency of shared challenges in facing up to militant attacks.

McMaster told a forum organised by the American Jewish Committee in Washington that the United States offered its heartfelt condolences to the British and Afghan people and had "an unshakeable resolve to stand with them in the face of recent terrorist attacks."

"The latest atrocities underscore the urgency of our shared challenges," he said.


Spanish man missing after attacks in London

Se busca a Ignacio Echeverría, vecino de #Las Rozas,desaparecido ayer en Londres. Se cree que estaba en la zona de los atentados.

— Emergencias CREM (@emergenciasCREM) June 4, 2017



Isil claim responsibility for London attacks

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the London attacks in a statement.

In a statement released 24 hours after the killings on its official Amaq media channel, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) said the three suspects had been part of a "sleeper cell".

It said: "A security unit of Islamic State fighters carried out the London attacks yesterday."

#IS claim came through Amaq News Agency, which again screwed up: the first statement had wrong date.

— Charlie Winter (@charliewinter) June 4, 2017



First victim identified as Chrissy Archibald from Canada

The first victim of the London Bridge terror attack has been identified as "beautiful and loving" bride-to-be Chrissy Archibald.

Chrissy, from British Colombia, Canada, was among seven people killed, a family spokesperson confirmed.

Her grieving relatives today paid tribute to a woman who "believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected".

She used to work in a shelter for the homeless before deciding to move to Europe to be with her fiancé.

They urged members of the public to volunteer their time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter, saying: "Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

In a statement, published by News 1130, they said:

"We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

"She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé. She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.

 "Please honor her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter.

"Tell them Chrissy sent you.”


Updated statement from the Met

Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police Service, said:

“We would like to thank the media for their continued support, restraint and understanding in not speculating as to who the suspects are in this fast moving investigation.

“I would like to assure them and the public that this is directly assisting the progression of the investigation and confirm we will release the identities of the three men directly responsible for the attacks yesterday, Saturday 3 June, as soon as operationally possible.

“Officers have been working tirelessly to process the crime scenes and release the cordons. We are hopeful that some of the cordons around London Bridge station will be released during the course of tomorrow morning but consult TFL website before you set out on your journey’s into and around London tomorrow.

“The public can expect to see additional police – both armed and unarmed officers - across the Capital as you would expect in these circumstances. And our security and policing plans for events are being reviewed, the public will also see increased physical measures on London’s bridges to keep the public safe.”

Officers have made 12 arrests and are at present searching 4 properties.

[A] 38-year-old woman arrested at address 1 in Barking; 

[B] 28-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[C] 52-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[D] 55-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[E] 27-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[F] 55-year-old man arrested at address 2 in Barking, who has since been released without charge;

[G] 49-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[H] 60-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[I] 19-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[J] 27-year-old female arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[K] 24-year-old female arrested at address 2 in Barking; 

[L] 53-year-old woman arrested at address 2 in Barking;

There have been no arrests at two residential addresses in Newham, although a number of people have been spoken to.

During the arrest stage today no officers have deployed a TASER or a firearm.

All of those arrested have been detained under the Terrorism Act.


Acting US ambassador to UK praises Sadiq Khan after Trump mockery

The acting US ambassador to the United Kingdom praised the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for his response to this weekend’s terrorist attack, after President Trump criticized Khan on Twitter.

“The response from emergency services, law enforcement and officials in [London] - as well as ordinary Londoners - has been extraordinary,” said Lewis Lukens.

He then went on to single out Mr Khan for praise.

I commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack. – LLukens 3/3

— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) June 4, 2017

 His remarks strike a dramatically different tone to that of his president.

At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017



"I saw hatred in his eyes"

From Paris, my colleague

Rory Mulholland has more detail on the French victim.

The young Frenchman who was killed in the London attack died after he was stabbed in the neck by one of the attackers who burst into the Boro Bistro he worked in and started slashing customers and staff, according to an account that has emerged in the French media.

the account his mother gave a French newspaper in his native Brittany." data-reactid="453">"The bar was packed. A terrorist arrived and jumped from above onto a parasol on the terrace, injuring one of my colleagues," said Vincent Le Berre, the bistro's manager, according to the account his mother gave a French newspaper in his native Brittany.

"He immediately started attacking people. A woman customer was killed.

"I found myself face to face with the terrorist who was two metres from me. I saw the hatred in his eyes. I managed to escape but my friend Alexandre wasn't so lucky. He was stabbed in the neck with a knife," he said, according to Vincent's his mother, Marie-Jo Le Berre, who said she had spoken to her son on the phone.

She told Le Télégramme, a Brittany newspaper, that her son thought that Alexandre, 27, who also worked in the bar, had not survived after the stabbing. 

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Flowers left at the scene in Borough

French officials have given no information about the French victims of the attack, but another French newspaper reported that the Frenchman who died in the London attack was a 27-year-old from Saint-Malo in Brittany who was working in the Boro Bistro.

The paper, Ouest France newspaper said the young man was stabbed by one of the attackers and later died of his injuries.

It said he had been living in Britain for the past two and a half years.


Terrorists' van removed from scene

Shortly before 9pm a white, contained flatbed truck was seen leaving London Bridge going north, with what is thought to have been the terrorists' van inside.

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The van used by the terrorists, which crashed in the London Bridge area



Eiffel Tower goes dark

The lights at the Eiffel Tower will be switched off Sunday night to honour victims of the attack in the heart of London that killed seven people and injured 48, the company running the monument said on Twitter.

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The Eiffel Tower, guarded during the May 7 election

"Tonight, at 1245 am, I will turn my lights off to pay tribute to the victims of the London attack," the Eiffel Tower's Twitter feed said.

The Paris landmark has been switched off twice already this week, once for the victims of suicide blasts in Baghdad that killed at least 42 people and most recently to honour the 90 people killed in a huge truck bomb in Kabul.


French victim worked at Boro Bistro

The Frenchman who died in the London attack was a 27-year-old from Saint-Malo in Brittany who was working in the Boro Bistro near the site of the assault, French media reported.

French officials have given no information on the French citizens caught up in the attack, but Ouest France newspaper said the young man was stabbed by one of the attackers and later died of his injuries.

It said he had been living in Britain for the past two and a half years.


French president speaks to French victims

From Paris, our correspondent

Rory Mulholland writes:

President Macron has spoken on the phone with the families of the French people injured in the London attack and told them of his "affection" for them and said that the whole of France was united behind them, his office said.

He also ensured them that France would do whatever was necessary to help them in their hour of need.

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Emmanuel Macron, the French president

Earlier,  Prime Minister Edouard Philippe visited a crisis centre set up at the French Foreign Ministry that fields calls from anxious citizens after attacks. By mid-afternoon, the centre had received several thousand calls from citizens worried about their loved ones in London or who needed information on whether it was safe to travel there.

French officials have so far given little information about the French victims and have identified none of them. The foreign minister said late afternoon that one French person had been killed, seven were being treated for their injuries in hospital, with four of them in a serious condition, and one was missing.

Media reports said that one of the French wounded was stabbed in the neck and the back,  and that doctors spent several hours operating on her after she was rushed to hospital. Another French citizen reportedly suffered serious injuries to her legs when  when she was hit by the van on London Bridge.


Borough tube station reopens

#Borough - the station has now reopened, following an earlier police investigation.

— TfL Travel Alerts (@TfLTravelAlerts) June 4, 2017



Islamic State supporters claim attack was revenge

Pro-Islamic State social media users claimed the London attacks were revenge for the RAF’s "love from Manchester" air strike, according to the Site intelligence monitoring group.

A photograph emerged last week of an RAF bomb with the message “love from Manchester” written on it. It was on its way to strike Isil targets in Syria.

According to Site, one Twitter user posted the image and wrote: "This is your merchandise and tonight we responded."


UAE warns citizens against travelling to UK after London attacks

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday warned its citizens against travelling to Britain after the London Bridge attack, the third in the country linked to Islamist militants in three months.

State news agency WAM quoted senior foreign ministry offcial Ahmed Al Ham Al Dhaheri as saying the warning was based on the ministry's assessment of risks and threats following the attack.

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Abu Dhabi

The ministry urged its citizens in Britain to "take extreme caution while moving from one place to another and to avoid public places during this period".


Borough High Street residents allowed home

My colleague

Eleanor Steafel is on the scene in Borough.

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Borough Market

She writes:

People who live in the flats above shops on Borough High St have been allowed back in their homes, even though cordon still not lifted.

Most people haven't wanted to talk about what happened. 


Ariana Grande's manager pays tribute in Manchester

Ariana Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, is introducing her in Manchester.

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Ariana Grande visits children at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital after the concert bombing that killed 22

He says:

Last night the nation was challenged, and all of us were challenged, to make a decision whether to show up tonight.

And you all did. And it's beautiful.

Evil will test us. It will show its face again.

But we will be ready, we will be fearless, we will be great, and we will honour our children.

We owe it to them to be brave.

Hatred will never win. Fear will never divide us.

On this day, we all stood with Manchester.


Facebook and Twitter promise to work to fight terrorism

Simon Milner, director of policy at Facebook, says the tech giant is aware of their responsibility.

In an emailed statement, he said:

"We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists.

"Using a combination of technology and human review, we work aggressively to remove terrorist content from our platform as soon as we become aware of it - and if we become aware of an emergency involving imminent harm to someone's safety, we notify law enforcement."

Theresa May has previously put pressure on internet firms to take more responsibility for content posted on their services. Last month she pledged, if she wins an upcoming election, to create the power to make firms pay towards the cost of policing the internet with an industry-wide levy.

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Theresa May, speaking on Sunday morning

Twitter also said it was working to tackle the spread of militant propaganda on its website.

Nick Pickles, UK head of public policy at Twitter, said in a statement that in the second half of 2016 it had suspended nearly 400,000 accounts.

"We continue to expand the use of technology as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content."


"This is an attack on all of us"

Dal Babu, a former chief superintendent with the Met, has said that the attack in London is "an attack on all of us".

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Police responding to the attack in Borough Market

He said:

One in eight Londoners are Muslim.

Theresa May has talked about a review of counter terrorism - I think that is helpful. We need to look at Prevent.

Another key area is the internet companies. They are making millions and need to do all they can.

They need to spend some of that money monitoring what is written and shared on their media.

There always is a possibility, but we need to make sure we are doing everything we can.


A friend reported suspected attacker to anti-terror hotline  

A friend of one of the suspected attackers says he had reported him to the anti-terror hotline, but no action was taken.

The man, who asked not to be named, told the BBC's Asian Network that the pair had spoken about previous attacks and he was shocked at what he had heard.

"We spoke about a particular attack that had happened and, like most radicals, he had a justification for anything, everything and anything.

"That day I realised that I need to contact the authorities."

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The streets around Borough Market on Sunday

But the friend claims the suspected attacker was not arrested and was allowed to keep his passport.

"I phoned the anti-terrorist hotline and spoke to the gentleman.

"I told him about our conversation and why I think he has been radicalised.

"I did my bit, but the authorities didn't do their bit."

The BBC has asked Scotland Yard for a response.


Mayor of Manchester condemns London attack

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has condemned last night's terrorist attack in London whilst at Ariana Grande's fundraising concert in Manchester.



First footage of the attackers



France's foreign minister travelling to London

Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, says he will be in London on Monday.

He is in Tunisia to attend a tribute to the victims of the Bardo museum attack in March 2015, and has just announced that a French citizen is among the seven London dead.

Seven other French citizens remain in hospital - four of them in a critical condition.

"Tribute to the victims at the Bardo. Democracies under attack are determined to fight terrorism, here as in London, where I will be tomorrow."

Hommage aux victimes du Bardo. Les démocraties attaquées sont déterminées à combattre le terrorisme, ici comme à Londres, où je serai demain

— Jean-Yves Le Drian (@JY_LeDrian) June 4, 2017



Manchester tribute concert has just begun with a minute's silence

One Love Manchester, in pictures

— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) June 4, 2017

Among those performing will be Mumford and Sons, Take That, with Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande.


French citizen among the dead

France's foreign minister has confirmed that a French national died in Saturday night's attack.



Londoners to come together at vigil tomorrow before minute's silence on Tuesday 

The UK will observe a minute's​ silence on Tuesday, June 6, and flags will remain at half-mast on Whitehall government buildings, Downing Street has announced.

The silence will be held at 11am in remembrance of those killed and hurt by the attacks in London on Saturday evening.

Londoners can also attend a vigil in Potters Fields Park beside City Hall tomorrow evening from 6pm.

Londoners will come together on Potters Fields at 6pm tomorrow to remember the victims of Saturday's terror attack

— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 4, 2017

Flags across the country have already been flying at half mast after seven people were killed in a van and knife rampage by three terrorists on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market in Southwark.

The attack comes only two months after Khalid Masood mowed down crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing five people and less than two weeks after Salman Abedi killed 22 when he blew himself up at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester.


'I offered Amber Rudd my condolences for the third time in 120 days' - US Homeland Security Secretary

John Kelly, US Homeland Security Secretary has appeared on Fox News in America.

He said: "It's outrageous.

"Immediately after the attack, I called my counterpart in U.K., offered my condolences.

"By the way, the third time I’ve offered her, Amber Rudd, my condolences in 120 days. That's how frequent this kind of -- these terrorist attacks are happening."


Diners saw stabbed man 'bleeding heavily'

Mark Poelmans, 46, an IT consultant from Brussels, was having dinner with his wife in Rabot 1745 on Bedale St last night when he saw someone staggering out of Borough Market.

"He was bleeding heavily from the back and it looked like he'd been stabbed," he said.

"People started rushing over to look after him but then two minutes later loads of police cars rushed by. An officer on foot flagged one down to help this man.

"That's when the shooting started. It was so loud, everyone just hit the floor. Some ran to the toilets, some ran into the kitchen area.

"There were three sets of fires. The first was the longest.

"There was a lot of screaming. The manager was shouting for everyone to come in from the terrace, people hid behind the bar.

"About 20 minutes later, heavily armed officers came in and told us to run."


'Terrorism has no place on Twitter' 

Nick Pickles, UK head of public policy at Twitter has said: "Terrorist content has no place on Twitter."

It comes after Theresa May accused large internet companies of giving terrorist ideology "the safe space it needs to breed".

Speaking outside Downing Street earlier today she said: "We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.

"And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online."

Mr Pickles said: "We continue to expand the use of technology as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content.

"We will never stop working to stay one step ahead and will continue to engage with our partners across industry, government, civil society and academia."


Restaurant manger: Terrorist looked straight at me before we barricaded customers in

Telegraph reporter Victoria Ward has spoken to Jack Applebee, 24, who was managing the family's eponymous seafood restaurant in Borough Market when he came eye to eye with the machete-wielding attackers.

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Police near Borough Market on Sunday Credit: Dominic Lipinski /PA

Describing how the terror unfolded, Mr Applebee said:

"It had actually been a really good night, we had a lot of friends and family in, a lot of big tables.

"And then, from nowhere, I was outside having a cigarette and hoards  of people were suddenly running down the street. There was a girl shouting 'they've got a knife, they're stabbing people, run, run, run.'

"I pulled her inside and shouted at everyone to get to the back. It's an open fronted restaurant - no door or windows, so some customers were pretty much on the street.

"I turned back to get the keys for the shutters and as I did, I saw three men standing right there on the street with machetes.

"One of them looked straight at me and then past me inside the restaurant and it was obvious he wanted to get in. He said something to one of the others but for some reason, they decided to move on.

"One of my colleagues kept a look out for me while I tried to get the shutter down. It was so slow.

"The men were still there. I had to stand right outside with the key to get it down. The key wouldn't come out. It took three or four minutes but it felt like forever.

"Eventually we barricaded the shutter with chairs and the next thing we heard shots everywhere.

"I dropped straight behind the bar and people started screaming. We didn't know who was shooting who.

"We looked out and saw three men on the ground with lasers all over these explosive vests. 

"One was outside the Wheatsheaf and two were just opposite us by a fruit and veg place, three or four metres apart.

"We thought they had bombs so pushed everyone in the restaurant right to the back of the building.

"The first gunshots went on for about 20 minutes and they were on and off in separate bursts for about 90 minutes.

"A policeman then shouted at me for the keys. I threw them down and he opened up and told everyone to get out. He told everyone to put their hands on their heads and run.

"I just had to leave the restaurant open and get out of there.

"Everyone really looked after each other. They were helping themselves to drinks, there was a lot of whiskey flying around,I think it was just a way of coping."


Son left with seven-inch scar

The mother of one of the injured has told how her son has been left with a seven-inch scar from the knife attack.

Elizabeth O'Neill, mother of Daniel O'Neill, said the 23-year-old is recovering in hospital.

"He had just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said 'this is for my family, this is for Islam' and put a knife in him," Ms O'Neill said.

"I'm still in shock. I can't quite believe it's happened.

"These people say they are doing this in the name of God which is an absolute joke.

"They are callous they are barbaric and they are absolute cowards. We will carry on as normal."


Borough Market 'is in the heart of a strong, diverse and creative community'

Borough Market's chair of trustees has made this statement:

We are deeply shocked by the events that took place around Borough Market last night. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless act.

Borough Market is in the heart of a strong, diverse and creative community, a community that supports each other and will pull together to show solidarity in the face of this callous attack.

We would like to thank the emergency services for their bravery and quick response. We continue to work with the Metropolitan police with their investigations and the Market and surrounding area remains closed at this time.


Uber driver recalls passing three bodies on the bridge 

Uber driver Ibrahim Dag recalls how he drove onto the bridge moments after the attack passing three bodies until everything came to a halt:



Seven arrested in East Ham raid, locals say

Harry Yorke is in East Ham and has been talking to locals.

He reports the owners of Sam's Chicken Shop next door to the flat raided by police earlier today said armed officers stormed the apartment at 2.15pm, and then arrested seven people.

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Members of the public stand beyond a cordon as police officers stand on duty outside a row of shop, with residential flats above, in East Ham Credit:  JUSTIN TALLIS

Mathu Sivahran, who witnessed the raid, said that a Romanian man and his girlfriend lived in the flat.

She added that both had been arrested, and that five black men, one in "full Islamic dress", were also taken away from the property.

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Members of the public view the scene after police officers raided a property in East Ham   Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images

"It had happened two hours ago, around 2.15pm. We saw armed police running around the rooftop, they shouted "put your hands up", they surrounded them. 

"Then they brought out five black guys and the Romanian guys and his girlfriend.

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A man stands in a shop as a police officer exits the door of a property in East Ham Credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

"One of the black guys was wearing full Islamic headdress.

"The Romanian people came in quite a lot. He was a nice, quiet boy. Always very good boy when he ordered food."



London Bridge eyewitness: I hit one of the attackers



Officers faced 'a matter of life and death'

Here is more from AC Mark Rowley's statement:

The van mounted the pavement and collided with pedestrians before being abandoned where attackers were armed with knives, continued into the Borough Market area, stabbing numerous people.

The attackers were then confronted by the firearms officers and I can confirm eight police firearms officers discharged their weapons.

While this will be subject to an investigation by the IPCC, our initial assessment is in the region of 50 rounds, 50 bullets, were fired by those eight officers. The three attackers were shot dead.

The situation these officers were confronted with was critical – a matter of life and death – three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide belts.

They had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately. Indeed, I’m not surprised with what they must have feared were three suicide bombers the firearms officers fired an unprecedented number of rounds to be completely confident they had neutralised the threat that those men posed.

As the officers confronted the terrorist, a member of the public also suffered gunshot wounds.

Although the injuries are not critical in nature, they are in hospital receiving medical attention and we will of course keep you updated on that.


Police shot 'unprecedented' number of rounds, police reveal

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley is giving an update outside New Scotland Yard now.

He has just said eight police firearms officers fired an "unprecedented" 50 rounds at the three London Bridge terrorists and a member of the public was shot and injured.

ACC Rowley added there would be "increased physical  measures" on London's bridges to protect the public. 

More to follow.


Taxi driver saved my life, says student

A student nurse who escaped the London Bridge terror attack has said she wants to find the taxi driver who saved her life.

Rhiannon Owen was on Borough High Street at a cash machine when a passing taxi driver shouted for her to run.

She said the actions of the unknown man saved her life and allowed her to find shelter in a nearby pub and to alert others to the danger in the process.

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Student nurse Rhiannon Owen, 19 Credit: Georgina Stubbs/PA Wire

Talking to the Press Association the 19-year-old from Nantwich, Cheshire said: "He swerved towards me and screamed 'please run, you've got to run now, get back, get back.

"I turned around and saw this man with this huge blade and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest pub.

"I shouted into the pub and said to everyone 'you need to get inside'. We all went upstairs for, I don't even know how long, and gunshots started and they went on for ages."

She said the police eventually came and said those inside could leave, but that they had to do so with their hands on their heads.

Describing the scene outside of Applebee's, the establishment in which she took refuge, Ms Owen said: "It was horrible, horrible. People were screaming and crying.

"Emergency services everywhere, blue flashing lights, armed police on every metre of road - it was completely packed."

Quizzed on if she saw anyone with injuries, she said she saw a man "bleeding out".

"The window was smashed and he was on the floor and he was screaming - I think he had been a victim of the stabbing," she added.

Following her ordeal the student nurse said she wants to track down the taxi driver who alerted her to the danger.

In an emotional plea she said: "I don't know who you are, but you saved my life. I could run away because you told me to. Whoever you are I want to say thank you so much."

Ms Owen said there were 30 to 40 people hiding in the upstairs of the pub with her, that they were "terrified" and with the sound of gunshots "everyone jumped to the floor".

She said she is "totally in shock" after what has happened, adding: "I've not even had time to cry because I've not processed anything properly yet."


Canadian among those killed, Trudeau says

A Canadian national was among those killed in the London Bridge terror attack, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said. 

This is the first confirmed nationality of a fatality. None of the victims has so far been named.

In a statement Mr Trudeau said:

Canada strongly condemns the senseless attack that took place last night in London, United Kingdom, which killed and injured many innocent people. I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed.

We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery.

Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity. We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. This time will be no different.

These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve. Canadians stand united with the British people. We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice.


Moment police enter Borough Market during London Bridge terror attack

A chilling video posted on Twitter shows the moment police enter Borough Market during the London Bridge terror attack:



Barking raid: Neighbours reveal 'suspect' had two young children - a toddler and baby

People living in and around the block of flats raided earlier today have been talking about the man their believe is the suspect.

Salaudeen Jailabdeen, 40, who lives in a neighbouring block of flats, said he immediately thought of his neighbour when he first saw a photo appearing to show one of the attackers on the ground.

"He is definitely yes, he is the one", he said, when asked how certain he was that the man he had seen in the photos was his neighbour.

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A person (right) is detained by police at Elizabeth Fry flats in Barking Credit:  Furqan Nabi

"I don't believe that he (has) done that... he's very friendly to everyone," he added.

He recalled an incident in a mosque a couple of months ago where the man disrupted an imam who was preaching.

He said the incident took place at the nearby Jabir mosque: "He interrupted the Imam, he asked a question, he disagreed with that.

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Police raid and make arrests at an East London address Credit:  David Rose

"And then people said to him 'don't interrupt this time, come back later or after the preach ask the questions'.

"He didn't agree with that," he said, adding that the man was then escorted out the mosque.

He said he could not remember the subject matter which was being discussed.

"There was concern about that but after that I don't know what happened," he said.

He added that the man had two young children - a toddler and baby.

Meanwhile, just over a mile away on Barking Road in East Ham there was heavy armed police presence but Scotland Yard was unable to say whether it was linked to the earlier arrests.


EU flies flag at half-mast

The European Commission is flying the EU flag at half mast in all of its buildings in honour of the London attack, on the orders of its president, Jean-Claude Juncker.

At the request of President @JunckerEU, ���� flags flying half-mast in all EU Commission buildings in solidarity with the British people.

— European Commission (@EU_Commission) June 4, 2017



Germans among attack victims, Bild reports

The German newspaper Bild is reporting that Germans are among those injured in the attack in London.

One is seriously injured, according to the foreign ministry. In total seven people were killed and dozens injured. 


Police operation sees second flat raided in Barking

The Telegraph's

Harry Yorke is in Barking this afternoon following the police operation in the aftermath of last night's terror attack.

He says a new raid has taken place above a betting shop on the Barking Road.

We will bring you more when we have it.

Police have just raided flat above a Paddy Power on Barking Road. Officers are currently searching flat

— Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) June 4, 2017


21 fighting for their lives after attack, NHS says

NHS England says that 21 people injured in the London Bridge terror attack are  in a critical condition. 


Romanian chef, 20, hit attacker on the head with a crate

Yet another story of incredible bravery in the face of a terror attack is emerging.

A Romanian chef is being hailed as a hero on social media after he took in some 20 terrified people in the bakery where he worked as attackers targeted restaurants and bars in Borough Market.

Florin Morariu, who works at the Bread Ahead bakery in the market, told The Associated Press: "We were looking out of the window because we saw that everyone was agitated, everyone was running, people, women... they were fainting, falling and we went outside to see what was happening."

He said when he went outside and saw two people stabbing others, he at first "froze" and didn't know what to do.

But then he went and hit one of the attackers on the head with a crate.

"There was a car with a loudspeaker saying 'go, go' and they (police) threw a grenade.... and then I ran."

He added that when he saw that "people were desperate," he let about 20 people into the bakery and pulled the shutters down.


 Is Donald Trump considering visiting London this week, to show his support?

That is what ABC News's chief White House correspondent is reporting.

I have asked the White House if it's true, and they are yet to confirm or deny.

.@jonkarl: Some discussion at White House of possible London trip later in week to show solidarity after attacks

— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) June 4, 2017

But a Fox News security analyst, Dan Bongino, urged the president this morning to visit.

He should walk across London Bridge in solidarity, said Mr Bongino - who also called on Londoners to ignore Sadiq Khan's advice not to panic.

In reality, a visit by Mr Trump is highly unlikely.

The security would be a nightmare for a police force whose resources are currently all being directed at the attack aftermath.

And Downing Street would surely realise that, given his immediate response on Twitter to the attack, his presence would spark huge protests.


Tributes left at the scene

During the day members of the public have been arriving at the scene with flowers and messages for the victims. 

Here are some of the most striking images:

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A woman reacts after asking a police officer to lay flowers near London Bridge Credit:  DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS
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A police officer looks at a floral tribute left by a man near the scene Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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A woman prepares to lay some flowers for those killed, at the perimeter cordon Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images
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 A woman holds a sign reading "ISIS Will Lose. Love Will Win" Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images



Thornberry accuses May of politicising her response to terror attack

Theresa May has been accused of offering a political response to the London Bridge terror attack by promising measures to combat extremism, despite an agreement to suspend national election campaigning.

All the major political parties except Ukip put electioneering on hold in the wake of the atrocity.

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Theresa May delivers a statement on the previous night's terrorist incident, at Downing Street Credit: EPA/WILL OLIVER

However shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry questioned whether Mrs May had politicised the debate by announcing a four-point plan to tackle terrorism in a statement in Downing Street.

Ms Thornberry told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "I don't think it's right to get dragged into plans at this stage, so soon after those attacks. I do think this is a matter of timing."

The Prime Minister spoke about clamping down on hate preaching and the spread of extremist ideology online, as well as ending tolerance of extremism and reviewing the powers of police and security agencies. Jail sentences for extremism-linked crime could be lengthened, she added.

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaks Credit:  REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Asked if the announcement had strayed into party politics, Mrs Thornberry said: "I think that it is drawing us into a debate. I think that there is time enough to discuss these issues.

"As I say, I don't think that anything she is proposing is anything that needs to be or that will be dealt with tomorrow.

"I don't think there is anything which is immediate that she is putting forward and obviously if it was then that would be a different matter.

"To come out onto the steps of 10 Downing Street, immediately in the aftermath of a terrible outrage like this, was not something that would be expected.

"I just simply regret the approach that she has taken."


Minute’s silence on Tuesday

A minute’s silence will be held at 11am on Tuesday in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all others affected by the attacks in London on Saturday night, Downing Street has said.

UK to observe a minute​​'s silence at 11am on Tuesday 6 June for victims of the London terrorist attack

— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 4, 2017

The silence will be marked at all government buildings and other organisations may follow suit.

Flags will remain at half-mast on Whitehall government buildings until Tuesday evening.


'Incredibly brave' stabbed police officer fought off attackers armed with just a baton

More on the remarkable story of the British Transport Police officer who confronted the attackers armed with only a baton.

BTP said the officer has only been with the force for two  years and praised him for his bravery in the face of terror.

The man, who remains unnamed, is recovering from his injuries in hospital after he was stabbed during the London Bridge terror attack.

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Armed Met Police officers walk outside Borough Market Credit: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The officer was one of the first on the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge.

BTP chief constable Paul Crowther, who visited the officer in hospital where he is in a stable condition after suffering face, head and leg injuries, said he showed "enormous courage in the face of danger".

He said: "Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station.

"For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.

"All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world.

"Our thoughts are with all of those who died or were injured, and their loved ones as they try to come to terms with what happened."


'I threw a chair at terrorists and called them cowards'

Eyewitness Gerard Vowls describes the terrifying moment he came face to face with the London Bridge terrorists after leaving his friends at the pub, and tried his best to stop the men.



'He has more important things to do': Sadiq Khan's spokesman hits back at Donald Trump

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has hit back at Donald Trump, after the US president accused him of suggesting that people should not be "alarmed" by terror attacks on the capital

In a series of tweets the morning after the London Bridge atrocity, Mr Trump said it was time to "stop being politically correct", adding: "At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!"'

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Credit: BBC

But a spokesman for Mr Khan branded the comment "ill-informed" and said the president had deliberately taken out of context remarks made by the mayor to reassure people about the increased police presence in the wake of the attack.

Speaking on the BBC, Mr Khan made clear that he was advising Londoners and visitors not to be concerned by the presence of additional armed police officers on the streets of the capital in the days to come, and not playing down anxieties about the attack itself.

"My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today," Mr Khan said.

"You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this."

In response, Mr Trump tweeted: "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse."

He then tweeted a few minutes later: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!"'

And he took an opportunity to defend his own resistance to gun control in the US, saying: "Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!"

A spokesman for Mr Khan later said: "The mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services and the Government to co-ordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city.

"He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police - including armed officers - on the streets."


Attack happened hours after Isil outlet called for knife and vehicle assaults on civilians

exhorted would-be jihadists to carry out vehicle and knife attacks on civilians, just hours before three terrorists went on a rampage in central London, reports The Telegraph's defence correspondent Ben Farmer." data-reactid="1266">An Islamic State group propaganda outlet exhorted would-be jihadists to carry out vehicle and knife attacks on civilians, just hours before three terrorists went on a rampage in central London, reports The Telegraph's defence correspondent 

Ben Farmer.

The message sent out on an encrypted messaging app urged attackers to “gain benefit from Ramadan” and “kill the civilians of the Crusaders. Run over them by vehicles".

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The poster was shared by the Telegram messaging app on Saturday morning and again after the attack Credit:  

The message followed another attempt last month by Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) to encourage jihadists to carry out attacks during the Muslim holy month.

The latest message written in English and Arabic was posted on Saturday morning on the Telegram messaging service by an Isil-linked news service called Nashir News Agency. The message was then reposted after the London attack which killed seven people. However, there has yet to be a claim of responsibility for Saturday evening's London attack.

This year is the third consecutive one where Isil has tried to hijack the 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, to wage a campaign of attacks in the West, said Kyle Orton, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society studying the group.

A similar call to arms at the start of Ramadan in 2016 was credited with inspiring a string of bloody attacks.


Reports of raid in East Ham

We are seeing several unconfirmed reports now of a raid in East Ham that is believed to be connected to the investigation.

We will bring you more shortly.

@CapitalOfficial something is going down at East Ham. There is about 20 police cars/vans. About 3 people have been taken into th police vans

— Casey (@Pointless_Am_I) June 4, 2017

Meanwhile the Prime Minister Theresa May has visited Kings College Hospital this afternoon. It was a private visit, the hospital confirmed.


French citizen 'stabbed in the neck and the back'

Rory Mulholland in Paris has been looking at how the London terror attack is being reported in France, and what emerges there about the French victims:

One of the four French wounded in the attack was stabbed in the neck and the back, French media reports said, adding that doctors spent several hours operating on her after she was rushed to hospital.

Another French citizen reportedly suffered serious injuries to her legs when  when she was hit by the truck on London Bridge.

French officials have so far given little information about the French victims and have identified none of them.

But European Affairs Minister Marielle de Sarnez said that all four were living in London, which has a huge expat French community estimated at over 200,000 people.

Emmanuel Macron's office said the president was planning to call the families of the victims to express his support.


Top Muslim lawyer brands authorities 'lazy' in their efforts to tackle extremism

One of the country's most prominent Muslim lawyers has branded the authorities "lazy" in their efforts to reach out to minority community leaders and tackle extremism.

Former chief crown prosecutor Nazir Afzal said a number of prominent figures in Muslim communities were in their roles "for all sorts of wrong reasons".

Mr Afzal told BBC Radio 5's Pienaar's Politics that the Government must do more to reach young Muslim women in order to connect with these groups.

It comes as Saturday's attack - which took place during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan - was condemned by Tory former cabinet minister Baroness Warsi and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).

Prime Minister Theresa May has also pledged to stamp out tolerance of extremism and put an end to "separated, segregated communities" in the wake of the atrocity.

Mr Afzal, who prosecuted the Rochdale sex-grooming gang, told the BBC he had spent 25 years meeting "so-called community leaders who represent no one but themselves".

The majority of British Muslims were female, under 25 and from low income backgrounds, Mr Afzal said, yet most community leaders were middle-class men aged over 50.

He also questioned why minority communities were thought to have community leaders when white communities did not.

"We've got to turn away those people who are there for all sorts of wrong reasons - ego, kudos, just because they're there in the right place," Mr Afzal said.

"I think I used the word lazy yesterday, I think the state and the authorities are lazy here - they go to the usual suspects.

"They should be talking to young people, young women invariably, in order to get them to understand and learn from them what it is that needs to be done, rather than simply impose it."


Barking raid: Scaffolding truck arrives

Back to the raids in Barking, which appear to the Met's response to last night's outrage.

Furqan Nabi, a witness to the early morning arrests, said he saw four men lying face down on the floor.

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Officers and vehicles stand outside a block of flats that was raided by police in Barking, east London Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay

One looked over 50, and another man looked at least 60 years old and had a beard, the 35-year-old neighbour said.

A third man was in his late 20s or early 30s, he said. He could not see the fourth man properly.

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The block of flats in Barking, east London Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Around 20 emergency services vehicles were present, he added.

A scaffolding truck parked inside the police cordon by the block of flats just before 2.30pm.

Workers began bringing equipment round to the right hand side of the apartment block where the flat belonging to those arrested is thought to be.


Macron underlines importance of Europe in fighting terrorism in phone call to May

French President Emmanuel Macron underlined the "importance of European cooperation" in the fight against terrorism when he telephoned Theresa May this afternoon to offer his support and condolences after the latest attack in London, his office said.

He also stressed the "importance of of fighting against the spread of terrorist propaganda on social media."

Mrs May said she would continue to update the French president on the four French citizens injured in the attack and promised to guarantee the security of the large French community in London who today are voting in the first round of France's parliamentary elections, the Elysée said in a statement that noted that the two leaders spoke in English.


British Transport Police 'extremely proud' of officer who fought off terrorist armed only with a baton

The British Transport Police have praised their officer who took on the terrorists armed only with a baton.

Armed with a baton, our brave officer faced the London Bridge attackers.

We're extremely proud of him and every single emergency responder.

— BTP (@BTP) June 4, 2017

 Chief Constable Paul Crowther said:

Having visited the officer in hospital shortly after he was admitted for treatment, I was able to hear his account of what happened last night.

It became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help.

Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station.

For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.

All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world.

Our thoughts are with all of those who died or were injured, and their loved ones as they try to come to terms with what happened.


Conservative candidates defend Sadiq Khan against Donald Trump

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!" Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. 

The president was referring to a statement by Mr Khan earlier this morning which said he was "grieving" for the victims and insisted that terrorists "would not win."

"Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There's no reason to be alarmed," Mr Khan said. 

He went on to condemn the attack in the strongest possible terms and ask for people to remain vigilant. 

Mr Trump's comments were instantly ridiculed on social media - and Conservative candidates rallied to support the Labour Mayor against the criticism.

I am also guilty of tweeting approval of a Labour Mayor's excellent statement on behalf of Londoners

— Nick Hurd (@NickHurdUK) June 4, 2017

Here's what @SadiqKhan actually said. He is right to provide reassurance. I'm standing with resilient London & him.

— Penny Mordaunt (@PennyMordaunt) June 4, 2017



Alistair Campbell criticised for 'comparing jihadis to Brexiteers'

Tony Blair's former spin doctor, who now writes pro-EU columns for The New European, has been criticised for a tweet in which he called Brexiteers 'extremists'.

He wrote: "Mrs May is happy enough to tolerate the extremism of the Brextremist Lie Machine newspapers spewing hate day after day".

Many took offense to this statement.

This is a new low: Alistair Campbell lumps Leave campaigners with jihadi extremists.

— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) June 4, 2017

Campbell - you are beneath contempt.

— DemandChange (@encourager58) June 4, 2017

Disgusting comparison. Shame on you.

— Binikos (@1binikos) June 4, 2017



The Australian woman who was injured is 'unable to speak' but will recover

John Pearlman in Sydney reports

A 31-year-old Australian who was stabbed in the neck after finishing her shift as a waitress in Borough Market has been unable to speak but gave a thumbs up to her mother from hospital and wrote: “Bit of pain but I will survive.”

Candice Hedge, one of two Australians caught up in the attack on Saturday night, was dining with her boyfriend – and co-worker - at the bar of Elliot’s restaurant, where the pair had just completed their shifts. He heard some commotion and ran outside, only to return to find Ms Hedge clutching her bleeding neck.

She was unable to speak after surgery but later wrote on Facebook: "I'm doing OK. Still in hospital, but all in the clear. I really can't talk. The f----- stabbed me in the neck. Don't worry too much. I love you all."

Kim Del Toro, Ms Hedge’s mother, said her daughter made contact via Skype and gave a “thumbs up”.

"She can't talk. She's been stabbed around her neck, her throat. She's all bandaged up," Ms Del Toro  told Fairfax Media.

"She went into surgery, but she's going to be fine, thank goodness. She couldn't speak, but I got to see her and she gave me the thumbs up, so I knew that she was OK."

Ms Hedge, from Brisbane, has been living in London on a working holiday for almost 12 months.

Brian Hedge, her grandfather, said she tried to hide during the attack but was spotted by one of the terrorists who stabbed her in the throat.

She was in the market area and apparently she was hiding when one of them saw her and stabbed her in the neck," he told Fairfax Media.

 She's a really nice girl. It's unbelievable.

Ms Hedge is recovering at St Thomas’ Hospital and has made contact with family and friends. She was apparently in good spirits and claimed that the knife missed her windpipe.

She reportedly wrote in another message to her friends and family on Facebook: “Hey everyone, just so you know I’m doing ok. Bit of pain but I will survive. Thanks for your thoughts and well wishes. Love to all.”

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, said officials were still making inquiries about the other Australian believed to have been injured in the attack.

"This attack is yet another cruel example of the new reality with which we live, the ever present threat of murderous Islamist terrorists, intent to harm our communities, our way of life and the freedoms we hold dear,” he said.


Nigel Farage criticises Sadiq Khan

Harriet Alexander reports.

Speaking on the US network Fox News, Nigel Farage has laid into the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The British government have been too weak and too politically correct. We want real action, not more speeches from outside 10 Downing St.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 4, 2017

He said:

I understand the man not wanting to spread panic.

But I would like him to say, as the first Muslim mayor, I am going to drive radicals out of our mosques. I am going to work to end extremism in our schools.

And I didn’t hear a word of that.

Please don’t forget what happened to all those young girls in our northern cities – raped, molested on an industrial scale. And yet we did nothing about it; afraid to offend the Muslim community.

We have been hidebound by political correctness.

And one of those has been Theresa May. Today she said enough is enough. I hope she means it.

He was asked about "calls for internment camps".

He replied:

The calls for internment will grow strong. Enough is enough – that won’t satisfy people.

I am concerned that if we do intern 300 people we could create more martyrs. We did this with the IRA and created more terrorists.

And then he was asked about whether particular parts of London would be the focus of police attention.

He replied:

East London would be the absolute number one.

There are quite big areas of east London that have become wholly Muslim areas.

There are gangs of men out saying to women in short dresses there shouldn’t be there; to people in having a drink that they shouldn’t be there.

There are parts of Paris and parts of Brussels that are even worse. Any woman, in a normal manner, if she walks down the streets, she will receive abuse.

To Americans – let this be a warning to you. Your president wants to protect you. Yet your judiciary is trying to stop him.


The injured

The Press Association has provided a short round-up of the injured. We have our own, more detailed version here.

Among the injured are:

  •  A British Transport Police (BTP) officer and an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer are in hospital with serious injuries but neither are believed to be in a life-threatening condition, Scotland Yard said. The BTP officer, who was on duty, was one of the first to the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public, the force said. He suffered serious injuries when he was stabbed in the face, head and leg, wounds which BTP said are not thought to be life-threatening.
  • New Zealander Oliver Dowling is reported to have been left in a coma after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach. Mr Dowling, 32, from Christchurch, is said to have had four hours of surgery for his injuries and is an induced coma.According to the Mirror, his sister Freddy Dowling said on Facebook: "Doctors are very happy with how he's come out the other side. A massive thank to the University of London Hospital for their tireless efforts in helping my brother out." It was reported his girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured.
  • Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho was left in intensive care after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer. Mr Ho was filmed being led away from the scene by a policeman, clutching his neck and with his shirt off. According to the Mirror, he wrote on Facebook: "Don't know whether it was stupid or noble to jump in and break up the fight outside the Southwark Tavern, but two a***s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isn't happening on my watch." Friend Isabelle Oderberg tweeted: "We have found Geoff. He is in intensive care." She told Melbourne newspaper The Age: "He is actually a martial artist and I wouldn't be surprised if he would have stood up and been counted because he's just that type of person."
  • Australian woman Candice Hedge is reported to be one of two Australians injured. The Courier Mail newspaper reported that she was stabbed in the neck while eating dinner with her boyfriend after finishing a shift at Elliot's restaurant in London Bridge. The paper reported that the 31-year-old had her throat slashed after a man grabbed her from behind. She reportedly wrote on Facebook: "Hey everyone, just so you know im doing ok. Bit of pain but I will survive. Thanks for your thoughts and well wishes. Love to all."
  • Canadian authorities said one of its citizens was "directly affected" by the attack, and that consular officials are offering support.



Barking terror raid witness: 'They started shouting get down!'

Michael Mimbl was getting ready for work at his home in Barking when he heard police carry out a raid on a nearby property, which has led to five arrests linked to the London Bridge terror attack.



Exclusive video: Man arrested during police operation in Barking 

A man is led into a police van during an operation in Barking, East London, following the London Bridge terror attack:



Four police officers injured

The BBC is reporting that a total of four police officers were injured. Of the three Met Police officers, one was the off-duty rugby-playing officer who got hands on with an attacker.


Prince Harry meets Muslim community in Singapore

Prince Harry has eaten with a Muslim community breaking its Ramadan fast - as words of sympathy were said for the victims of the London terrorist attack.

Before the Prince and others began a simple dish of dates and porridge as the families of the seven people killed by the attackers were remembered.

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Prince Harry speaks to Nazhath Faheema, a Muslim Youth Ambassador of Peace Credit:  REUTERS

Harry, who is on a two-day trip to Singapore, was visiting a community centre run by a Muslim-faith led voluntary welfare organisation called Jamiyah Singapore, which provides a range of services from help for recovering addicts to residential homes for young people.

Minutes before the sun went down and the call to prayer was made by an Islamic scholar, Muhammad Rafiuddin Ismail, secretary-general of Jamiyah, said: "Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of the London terror attack last night."

Harry bowed his head as he began speaking and the secretary general added: "Let peace and harmony prevail in communities all over the world."


BREAKING NEWS: 12 arrested in Barking

Police investigating the London Bridge terror attacks which left seven people dead and dozens more injured have arrested 12 people.

They were detained after an armed raid in Barking, east London, the day after the van and knife rampage by three terrorists who were shot dead by police.

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Kings Road in Barking, east London Credit:  JUSTIN TALLIS

Scotland Yard said the investigation into the "horrific attack" at London Bridge and Borough Market was progressing rapidly with officers searching several addresses in the area.

The arrests in connection with the attacks came as Prime Minister Theresa May warned that Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat terror plots and it emerged that an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer was among the 48 people injured by the terrorists.


Teenager found safe

A 17-year-old girl who went missing during the attack last night has been found,

Eleanor Steafel reports.

The family of Aysa Mustafa waited all night for news of Aysa, who did not come home after being at a friend's house in south london for a barbecue.

Her uncle Tamir told The Telegraph they had finally heard from a friend of Aysa's this morning that she was safe and was on their way home.

He said: "She was due home at 22.30 last night and when she didn't come back my mother started to worry. I was ringing her and ringing her but she wasn't picking up.

"Her friends said she had left the party and was on her way home.

"She would have had to have walked through Borough Market. I haven't spoken to her yet so I don't know if she saw it all happen. But we know she's safe."

Tamir, whose parents look after Aysa at their home just a stone's throw from the bridge, on Porter Street, said he had been out watching the football when he started receiving frantic calls from his parents who didn't know where Aysa was. 

He believes her phone battery may have died and as the whole area was cordoned off she couldn't get home or let her grandparents know where she was.

"They tried to leave to look for her but they were told to stay inside by police. The road was full of police. My mum said she heard the shots and explosions from inside the house."


Sadly some of our colleagues were among the injured, says Police Federation

Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: "I can confirm that sadly some of our colleagues were among the injured in the attack last night. I join all UK police colleagues in wishing them a swift recovery.

"We are offering them our full support."

Mr Marsh added:

First and foremost our thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones in the horrific events last night and we wish well to those still injured.

There can be no doubt that the swift response of our colleagues - both armed and unarmed - saved further lives from being lost.

There are barely words to describe their bravery - officers who ran towards danger with no thought for their own safety.

Londoners can rightly be proud of their emergency services today. They are the best of the best and we thank everyone for their praise and kind comments.


Trump lashes out at Sadiq Khan

President Trump has continued to tweet about the terror attack, this time launching a broadside at Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, over his reaction

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!" Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017

The president was referring to a statement by Mr Khan earlier this morning which said he was "grieving" for the victims and insisted that terrorists "would not win."


Security to be stepped up for French voters in London this week

French president Emmanuel Macron has said authorities would work to help the French victims and increase security for French voters in London casting ballots in legislative elections starting Sunday "to show the force of democracy in the face of enemies of freedom".

London has a large French population and attracts many French visitors. French people were also among those injured in the attack on Westminster Bridge in March.


Queen attends church service where prayers are held for victims

The Queen attended church in Windsor this morning where prayers were said for those who lost their lives or were injured in the attack, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

The Prince of Wales attended church near Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

Meanwhile, the Dean of Southwark Cathedral has appealed for prayers after the terror attack on its doorstep.

The Cathedral is just a stone's throw from London Bridge and Borough Market where the atrocity was carried out on Saturday night. 

The Very Rev Andrew Dunn said: "I would be encouraging, on this feast of Pentecost, for people to remember the Spirit drove those apostles out of the place where they'd taken refuge from terror and into the streets, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in every language to every people and thrilling their hearts. 

"We've got to do that. We've got to continue to say 'we're building the Kingdom of God in this place, and that looks like a diverse and inclusive and celebratory place, not one that's locked down by fear." 


What we know so far: A summary

Here is what we know following the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, which has left seven dead and 48 in hospital:

  • 10.07pm on Saturday - Ambulance services were called to reports of a white van ploughing through pedestrians on London Bridge, arriving within six minutes.
  • 10.08pm - Police were also called to the scene.
  • The white van crashed outside The Barrowboy & Banker pub on Borough High Street, where three men left the vehicle and apparently ran down steps and along Green Dragon Court, heading towards Borough Market where they began stabbing people in pubs and restaurants.
  • Witnesses said three men ran into the Black And Blue restaurant on Stoney Street and began stabbing people indiscriminately, including one person in the face and neck.
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London Bridge attack map
  • A knifeman also stormed the El Pastor restaurant on Stoney Street, forcing diners and staff to take shelter.
  • Another man, journalist Geoff Ho, was stabbed at the Southwark Tavern. Witnesses saw injured people in the Mudlark pub, while others at the Katzenjammers Bierhall in Southwark Street helped a person who had been stabbed.
  • Police searching for the knifemen went through bars and restaurants as staff and drinkers hid.
  • 10.16pm - Eight minutes after police were called three male suspects were shot dead by marksmen near the Wheatsheaf pub on Stoney Street.
  • The men were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later found to be hoaxes.
  • At least 48 patients were taken to five hospitals, London Ambulance Service said, with more than 80 medics having been sent to the scene.
  • 12.25am on Sunday - Both incidents were declared by the Metropolitan Police as terror attacks.
  • Shortly before 4am, police confirm six people were killed in the rampage.
  • A third incident at Vauxhall was a stabbing and unrelated, Scotland Yard said.
  • Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the number of victims from the London attack had risen to seven.
  • On Sunday morning police carried out raids in Barking, east London, though the Met could not immediately confirm any link to the attacks.
  • After chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, at 10.35am Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK was experiencing a "new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism" as she condemned the terror attacks.


Sunday Express journalist in hospital

Sunday Express editor Martin Townsend said: "Geoff Ho is an absolutely first class reporter and a fine and decent man and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.

"We are all hoping and praying for a speedy recovery."


The van used in the attack

More pictures are emerging from the scene as the area covered by a police cordon is reduced.

The include this image of the van used by the three attackers which was driven onto London Bridge, striking pedestrians, before the terrorists went on a stabbing rampage in nearby Borough Market:

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The van used in last night's attack Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire



Juve fans left 'confused and frightened'

The Telegraph's

Harry Yorke was working into the small hours last night covering the attack.

He ran into more than a hundred Juventus fans who arrived back at the Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street, after the Champions League final in Cardiff to find "dozens" of police officers standing in the foyer area as up to 30 casualties from the London Bridge attack were taken their for treatment.

Roberto and Andrea Poligino, two brothers from Turin, said they arrived back at the hotel at 3am to find more than "50 police" on the ground floor, adding that many fans were "confused and frightened" and believed they had walked into a "serious problem." 

Speaking to The Telegraph, Roberto added: 

It was full of football fans here. Full of police on the first floor, our friends.

Everyone was very tired and Scared Me my brother and my friend, we were very confused because we had just got back from the match. 

More police arrived - 50 or 60 police officers were in the hotel.

Many people went back to their room because they were scared. We arrived at 3am and they were everywhere. We just saw police everywhere.

There are about a hundred, maybe 90 of us staying here. We just saw it on the Internet and were scared that it could have been another.


Rugby-playing police officer 'took on all terrorists'

If true, this sound like another remarkable tale of heroism emerging from last night:

Sky sources:first police officer on the scene (rugby player) took on all terrorists until he was forced to ground. Serious condition in hosp

— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) June 4, 2017

 We wish him well and hope he recovers.


Tube station show solidarity

Staff at London's Oval tube station, which is just a few stops away from London Bridge on the Northern line, have apparently post this "thought for the day" up this morning:

Sunday 4th June Thought Of The Day From Oval & Clapham North Stations

— Oval Tube Station (@Oval_station) June 4, 2017



Spaniard among dozens wounded

Spain's Foreign Ministry says that one Spaniard is among the dozens wounded in the London attacks.

A ministry spokesperson told The Associated Press that the Spanish man has been taken to a hospital where he is being treated for wounds described as not serious. The spokesperson spoke anonymously in line with ministry policy.

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The scene following the London Bridge terror attack Credit:  Stephen Lock / i-Images

Spain's King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have expressed their condolences for the victims of the attacks.

The Spanish Royal Family wrote on Twitter: "The British people will overcome this barbarism and senselessness. We are united today in pain and in our tireless defense of freedom."

Pope Francis in his weekly Angelus address for Pentecost called for prayers Sunday for the victims of the London Bridge attack and their families:

May the Holy Spirit give peace to the whole world," the pontiff said, speaking in St Peter's Square at the end of a Mass for Pentecost.

May it heal the wounds of war and terrorism, which this night also has struck innocent civilians," Francis said, "let us pray for the victims and their family members.

Italian papers are quoting Italian photographer Gabriele Sciotto, aged 25, who was returning to his London home after watching the Champions League final with a friend when he crossed the path of the fleeing terrorist being chased by police.

"The explosives belt of that man running away did not seem real to me," Sciotto was quoted saying.


Man drinking pint becomes symbol of London spirit

This photo of victims fleeing the horrific attack in London Bridge has become a surprising symbol of Londoners’ resilience.

Look closely and you will see one of the people caught up in the attack, part of a crowd running away from the scene, is holding his pint.

People flee a terrorist attack LIKE LONDONERS

— Sir Lynton Crosby (@LyntonSpins) June 4, 2017

The response on social media  has been predicable:

Evacuate? Well, OK. But this beer cost £6 a pint. I'm taking it with me.

— Andrew Brooks (@taxbod) June 4, 2017


Barking armed raid latest

Scotland Yard has so far been unable to confirm whether the the armed police operation in Barking has any link to the attacks.

Nizaur Rahman, 33, lives opposite the block of flats where the raid took place.

She said: "I was woken by the sound of a loud bang like a gunshot or explosion before 7am. I looked out of the window and saw nine CID vans and then ambulances."

Ali Nabi, 35, lives in the flat above the raid in Elizabeth Fry flats, Barking.

"I have lived here three years but never seen them before," he said.

"I heard the police shouting 'get down, get down', I looked out of my window and they were laid on the floor. All Asian men in black religious robes. A woman was with them but later released.

"One was in his 50s, another had a white beard, the third was in his 30s and the fourth was younger. They were all laid down with their hands cuffed behind their backs. I think it was someone on the ground floor but I've never seen them."


80 paramedics dealt with aftermath

More than 80 paramedics dealt with the immediate aftermath of the London Bridge terror rampage that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

Peter Rhodes, London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations, said:

We took 48 patients to five hospitals across London and treated a number of others at the scene for minor injuries. 

We were called to the incident at 10:07pm with the first ambulance crew arriving within six minutes. 

We sent over 80 of our medics to the scene including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, specialist response teams and an advanced trauma team from London's Air Ambulance. 

We declared a major incident and worked closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene. Our priority was to assess patients and ensure that they were treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.

I would like to thank our staff and the other emergency services who responded. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the incident at London Bridge and their friends and family.


Hilton hotel takes in stranded tourists

At the scene, we have my colleague

Eleanor Steafel speaking to witnesses:

The London Tower Bridge Hilton took in terrified people who had fled the attack last night and stranded tourists who needed a place to stay when their hotels were evacuated.

The hotel say many of them had been in bars in Borough Market and ran when the attack happened.

The hotel is just a five minute walk from the bridge to the east. Many people who had been evacuated from London Bridge station and Borough Market last night ran down Tooley Street away from the bridge and sheltered in bars and hotels. 

One woman who was in the station when the first attack happened said: "An announcement came on which said that due to an emergency the station was closing and to leave via the nearest exit. 

"There were lots of blue lights to our left on the bridge and to our right. 

"We crossed over to Tooley Street and then saw crowds of people running which created a sense of panic. 

"We ended up walking towards the river with a crowd of people. A few people jumped the fence. 

"We got to the river and walked down to Hayes Galleria. There were helicopters and police boats on the river. 

"There was a woman and her husband crying. They said a van had mowed people down on London Bridge and were stabbing and shooting people. They were both very upset."


Will Isil claim responsibility for this attack?

Suspicion is inevitably falling on Isil for this attack, 

Jacob Burns in Jerusalem reports:

Although details of the identities and affiliations of the London attackers are still unconfirmed, suspicion will fall upon the involvement of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The group has consistently encouraged its followers in the west to mount attacks with whatever tools they have to hand, especially during Ramadan.

The use of a vehicle and knives in last night’s attack is reminiscent of Palestinian attacks on Israelis, a model that seems to have inspired Isil because of its potential to cause death and injury with little need for complicated planning.

The group are canny media operators, however, and have been known to take credit for attacks in which they were not involved. Confirmation of the group’s role, therefore, will have to come from the security services.


Detectives leave hospital carrying evidence bags

The Telegraph's

Victoria Ward is at King's College Hospital in south London, where some of the victims are being treated:

King's College Hospital remained under police guard on Sunday morning, with three marked vans parked outside A&E and several uniformed officers patrolling the entrances.

At around 10am, detectives left the hospital carrying seven or eight evidence bags, apparently full of clothing. Three detectives later arrived and were were ushered inside, likely hoping to interview victims.

The hospital,  which is less than three miles from London Bridge, was the scene of frantic activity on Saturday night as scores of ambulances carrying the injured tore through the local streets, sirens blazing.

Medical staff not on duty were called in and worked throughout the night as the hospital remained surrounded by police and "major incident" warning signs were erected outside.

The emergency department confirmed they treated 14 people, eight male and six female. One of those was discharged this morning.

One member of the public, identified as James K on Twitter, offered his home as a place to rest for anyone visiting the injured there, stating that he only lived ten minutes away.

Among those being treated in one of the five London hospitals 48 patients were rushed to overnight is a British Transport Police officer who was one of the first on the scene at London Bridge and suffered injuries to his head, face and leg. BTP said the injuries were serious but not life threatening.


Five people arrested in flats in Barking

Nicky Harley is in Barking for The Telegraph and says five people have been arrested.

She reports:

Four people taken out of a flat by police in Kings Road, Barking. A woman has just been taken out of the same building and placed into an ambulance.

Five people arrested in flats in Barking

— Nicky Harley (@nickyharley) June 4, 2017

Tara Milan, 24, said four men were arrested and one man tried to escape armed police and was shot outside her flat.

"I saw them bringing them out of the flat opposite, around 7am.  "One man tried to flee and they shot him outside my house. They out him in an ambulance and then the others in a police van."



Theresa May warns of new trend as 'terrorism breeds terrorism'

Theresa May has just finished her statement.

As terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack.

We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change and they need to change in four important ways.

Here it is in full.



Police raids in Barking

Reports are coming in of raids believed to be linked to the London Bridge terror attack being carried out by police in Barking, east London.

We will bring you more.

@BBCDanielS says police carrying out raids in Barking

— Reeta Chakrabarti (@rchak100) June 4, 2017

British Police Search Safe Houses in Barking Essex. .

— Tanzanyalı_Sançez (@ofrenium) June 4, 2017



Theresa May: The police responded with great courage and great speed

Prime Minister Theresa May has just emerged from Downing Street to make her statement.

Mrs May said many of the 48 people injured in the London  terror attack have "life-threatening" injuries. 

She said: "The police responded with great courage and great speed."

She added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones."

The Prime Minister said there was "far too much tolerance of extremism in our  country" and called for it to be tackled head on.


Australian casualty named

According to ABC News, one of the injured was Candice Hedge, who moved to London a year ago and was stabbed in the throat.

She is reportedly recovering at St Thomas Hospital and has been in contact with a former work colleague to say her injuries were not life threatening. 


Desperate family search for missing girl

We saw this happen with the Manchester attack, the desperate search for loved ones in the aftermath.

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Relatives of Asya Mustafa, who has not been heard of since last night, have been looking for her, reports

Helena Horton.

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Asya Mustafa Credit:  

According to her aunt, Asya Mustafa was walking home through Borough Market and is not answering her phone.

She was due to return home to her family when the incident happened.

Members of her family posted in the early hours of Sunday morning saying the young woman still had not been found.

 Mustafa was on route home to london bridge and we haven't heard from her. Please keep her in your prayers and if anyone has seen or spoken to her and knows she is ok let us know. Please share everyone we are besides ourselves."" data-reactid="1758">Her aunt, Kezi Alam, wrote on Facebook: "My niece Asya Mustafa was on route home to london bridge and we haven't heard from her. Please keep her in your prayers and if anyone has seen or spoken to her and knows she is ok let us know. Please share everyone we are besides ourselves."

Later, she posted: "4am no news! Awaiting the casualty line to contact us back. Her phone is off since it happened and she was due to return home when the incident happened. Her walk home is borough market. Praying so hard. If we hear we will update. Thank you for all your prayers and offer of help and support x"


Manchester concert now has greater purpose, Ariana Grande's manager says

Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun has said the One Love Manchester concert now has a "greater purpose" following the London terror attack, and that all the acts involved are showing "unwavering" support.

He said in a statement: "After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honour those lost, injured, and affected.

— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) June 4, 2017

"We plan to honour them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today's One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose.

"We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.

"I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester Police and the Government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority.

"All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win.

"Today we stand together. Thank you."


Intelligence sharing with US will happen, Cressida Dick says

Police will be sharing intelligence about the London attacks with the United States - after a spat about leaked evidence about the Manchester attack.

Politicians in the US openly briefed the media on what they had been told about Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi and his "cell of Isis-inspired terrorists".

The National Police Chiefs' Council condemned the revelations - which included the publication of bomb fragments and the backpack used by Abedi - saying it "undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".

When questioned about whether intelligence about the London attacks would be sent across the Atlantic, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she was assuming information would be shared "appropriately".

She said: "We have a good working relationship with our American colleagues, normally share certain types of information with them and indeed depend on them to help keep this country safe.

"I cannot give you information at the moment of whether we have or we haven't, it's very early stages, but my working assumption is that we will, of course, be sharing information appropriately with our American colleagues."


'We just wanted to give them some food'

The Telegraph's

Eleanor Steafel is near the scene in Borough and has spotted supermarket workers handing out food to police officers:

Two guys from Sainsbury's on Borough High Street are going around with a pair of trolleys delivering food to police officers.

"We're not open until midday but we just wanted to give them some food because some of them have been working overnight," one of them said.

"We have told them they can use our canteen and toilets if they need to throughout the day."

Sainsbury's staff are bringing sandwiches and snacks to the police

— Alice Ross (@aliceross_) June 4, 2017


Met Commissioner: In my view, we responded extremely well

Here is more from Met Commissioner Cressida Dick's statement.

The commissioner said:

Our understanding is that there were three people involved in the attack.

We have witness reports of three people armed with knives and three attackers. And we believe the threat that they posed was neutralised within eight minutes.

Of course it's a very complex and confused scene, and a confused series of events, so it's important that we first of all make sure that there is no one else outstanding.

We don't believe there is but we must make absolutely certain ... and as I said we have a very large investigation ongoing and we will be seeking to establish whether anyone else was working with or assisting in any way, or helping in the planning of this attack in the way that you would expect.

So at the moment we believe there were three attackers and we believe they are dead.

The official terror threat level in the UK is currently at severe, the second highest category.

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Armed police on St Thomas Street Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ms Dick said authorities are already at a "very high level of alertness".

She said:

Severe means that an attack is highly likely, and the threat level was at severe.

So, we were prepared potentially for an incident as we have been for some considerable time. The threat level is a matter, as you know, for the independent JTAC, the terrorism analysis centre, and they take a whole range of factors into account in setting the threat level.

In my view, we responded extremely well. to this ghastly, ghastly incident.

I can tell you that we will be doing absolutely everything in our power to try to stop such horrendous attack as this.

We will be working with the Government, and with our colleagues in the intelligence services to do so.

Although police believe the incident is "under control", a large cordon remains in place in the affected areas.

Large numbers of officers are at the scene as a thorough search is conducted to ensure "everyone has been accounted for".

Ms Dick declined to comment on the identity of the attackers, saying:

I can't tell you anything about the identity of the suspects at the moment.

Obviously a very high priority for us is to identify them, work out who they are, where they've came from, what is behind this.

I'm not prepared to comment at all about any information that we currently have. You understand why.

The commissioner said a "fast-moving" investigation is ongoing with "very significant" resources deployed both to the inquiry and patrols on the streets of the capital.



Cobra meeting concludes

This morning's Cobra meeting has concluded, Downing Street have just confirmed, and Theresa May will make her statement shortly.

I have just led a meeting of COBR in response to the appalling London attack and I will soon be making a statement in Downing Street.

— Theresa May (@theresa_may) June 4, 2017

PM: I have just led a meeting of COBR in response to the appalling London attack and I will soon be making a statement in Downing Street.

— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 4, 2017



Echoes of Isil's latest call to arms

The Telegraph's Josie Ensor is in Mosul, Iraq, and sends this dispatch. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, and the circumstances are not clear.

But she says what happened last night has chilling echoes of Isil's latest call to arms:

This is exactly what ISIS called for in their Ramadan message - running people over and stabbing people.

It looks much more like the attacks that aren't directed or ordered by Isil, and more like the ones carried out by supporters who likely haven't trained abroad and can't get their hands on weapons or funding. 


Two Australians 'directly affected'

Two Australians were directly affected in an attack in London on Saturday night, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

One of the victims was confirmed to be in hospital, while Australian authorities were working to determine the status of the second person, Turnbull told at a news conference on Sunday.

The Australian government has advised its citizens in the UK to avoid the London Bridge and Borough Market areas where militants killed at least six people and wounded more than 30.

"This attack is yet another cruel example of the new reality in which we live, the ever-present threat of murderous Islamist terrorists, intent to harm our communities, our way of life and the freedoms we hold dear," Turnbull said. 


Ukip refuse to suspend campaigning

Ukip have broken with the other main political parties in refusing to suspend General Election campaigning in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack.

Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party and Greens have all put national campaigning on hold at least until this evening in respect for those killed and injured.

But Ukip leader Paul Nuttall said that a second disruption to the campaign - following a three-day pause after the Manchester suicide bomb - was "precisely what the extremists would want us to do" and could lead to more attacks.

I am refusing to suspend the UKIP campaign because disrupting our democracy is what the extremists want

— Paul Nuttall (@paulnuttallukip) June 4, 2017


Not possible to delay election, says David Davis

Brexit Secretary David Davis said he did not believe it would be legally possible to extend the election campaign by delaying polling day to a later date.

Mr Davis told BBC interviewer Andrew Marr:

I'm not sure it can be legally done. In order to do this, you'd have to have some change in the law and who's going to do that?

Parliament no longer exists. I'm not a Member of Parliament for the duration, as are none of the other people who were MPs.

Mr Davis said he thought that the election was "locked in" to the scheduled date, and that the public would want that to remain the case.

On the one hand, clearly we want to respect the people who've been injured and killed and therefore we don't want to carry on across it.

"On the other hand, the people doing this are doing it because they despise the freedoms we have, and those freedoms could be the freedom to go out on a Saturday night or the freedom to cast a vote.

Mr Davis said it "may well be" that the attacks were intended to disrupt the election, adding: "In which case, all the more reason not to defer, not to deflect, to as far as possible within the bounds of propriety to not let this pull us off course."

He said he expected the suspension of campaigning to be "relatively brief".



Seventh victim has died, Met boss confirms

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick is making a statement outside New Scotland Yard. She has just confirmed a seventh victim has died following last night's attack.

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

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Armed police officers climb an escalator near London Bridge station Credit: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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

Ms Dick said she believed that there were three people involved in the attack and they had all been shot dead by police.

But she added: "Of course it is a very complex and confusing scene so it is important we make sure there is no one else outstanding. We do not believe there is but we must make sure."

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


Manchester concert will go on

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

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

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

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


Greens suspend national campaigning

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

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

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


Update: Four French victims

An update on the victims.

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

It was previously reported there were two French victims.

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

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Armed police on St Thomas Street Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire



Sadiq Khan: We will never let the terrorists win

The Mayor London Sadiq Khan has made this statement:

We are all shocked and angry today - but this is our city. We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism

 The mayor is attending the government’s emergency Cobra committee which is beginning shortly.


Labour suspends all national campaigning

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has reacted to last night's horror saying his party has suspended national campaigning for the General Election. 

Labour follow the Tories and the SNP.

Mr Corbyn said:

We are all shocked and horrified by the brutal attacks in London. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died and the many who have been injured.

Today, we will all grieve for their loss.

I would like to thank the police and emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in acting to save lives and deal with these appalling acts of terrorism, as well as NHS staff and members of the public who sought to protect others.

The Labour party will be suspending national campaigning until this evening, after consultations with other parties, as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered injury.

Those who wish to harm our people, divide our communities and attack our democracy will not succeed. We will stand together to defend our common values of solidarity, humanity and justice, and will not allow terrorists to derail our democratic process.

Theresa May is due to make a full statement at 10am, and we are expecting a statement from Met Commissioner Cressida Dick shortly.

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The Union flag is flown at half mast in Downing Street Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire



London wakes up to another terror attack

Here is the scene of last night's terror attack which left six dead and 48 injured.

A police cordon is still up, and police forensics are searching the area, however Borough High Street is now open to pedestrians as far north as Union Street junction.

Flags are also at half-mast in Downing Street.

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Police on Southwark Bridge Road, London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Police cordon off the area around at the scene Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Flags are flown at half mast in Downing Street Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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Police forensics investigators work on London Bridge Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Armed police stand outside Borough Market Credit: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls



14 casualties taken to King's College Hospital

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

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

"One patient has been discharged."

There were a total of 48 injured and six killed.


New Zealand man named as stab victim

Reports in New Zealand have named a man believed to have suffered multiple stab wounds in the London terror attack.

Oliver Dowling, 32, from Christchurch, received multiple stab wounds to the face, neck and stomach but has since recovered after a four-hour long surgery, according to his sister Freddy.

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Oliver Dowling and his girlfriend Marie Bondeville Credit: FACEBOOK

His sister also said in her Facebook post that her brother was able to recover because the attackers missed all his vital organs.

It is believed his girlfriend Marie Bondeville was also injured but her status is unknown.

"Doctors are very happy with how he's come out the other side. A massive thank to the University of London Hospital for their tireless efforts in helping my brother out!!" his sister Freddy has written.


How world leaders have reacted

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement that she learned with "sadness and dismay" of the attack.

She added:

Today, we are united beyond all borders in horror and sorrow, but also in determination.

In the fight against every form of terrorism, we stand firmly and with determination at Britain's side.

European leaders sent messages of sympathy and solidarity to the UK via social media.

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk said: "My heart and mind are in London after another cowardly attack. Europe stands by UK in fight against terrorism."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Following latest London incidents with horror. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please stay safe."

And the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said: "We mourn in solidarity with the victims and the families of heinous London Bridge attack.These acts must be stopped. £UnitedAgainstTerrorism."

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy offered "solidarity and support" and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said that the "London spirit" was "stronger than fear".

Belgian PM Charles Michel said: "A new tragedy in London, we all stand with UK."

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan said: "For the second time in two weeks, the ordinary people of the UK have been subjected to cowardly and barbaric attacks. Ireland stands with the UK and condemns these acts utterly.

We continue to closely monitor the situation. Anyone who has serious concerns about loved ones in London can contact my department in Dublin on 01 408 2000, or the Irish Embassy in London on 00 44 207 235 2171."



French citizens injured in attack

Media in France reported that two French citizens were injured in the attack.

A statement from the Elysee said: "The attack which struck London, days after that which took place in Manchester, is a new abominable and cowardly attack against our free society.

"Fellow French citizens are among the injured. France is putting everything in place to assist them."


Election 'must carry on'

A number of senior politcians have urged Mrs May to resist calls to delay the election in response to the tragedy.

Conservative former foreign minister Alistair Burt said: "We don't have a Parliament or MPs at present. If there's no general election, when would we get one?

"Must carry on. Parliament must be the national forum to decide response. We cannot live by incident and reaction via vox pop and social media."

The Democratic Unionist Party's Jeffrey Donaldson said the election should "absolutely not" be delayed: "If we suspend our democratic process it feeds the warped belief of the terrorists that they can win. We need Parliament back."

Meanwhile, the pre-election edition of BBC1's influential The Andrew Marr Show was cancelled in response to the outrage.

The programme had been due to feature election interviews with Mr Farron, Brexit Secretary David Davis and shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

Read the full report here.


Sturgeon to chair security meeting

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has issued a statement about last night's attack.

"Following the horrific terrorist attack in the centre of London last night, we are working closely with the UK government and Police Scotland to monitor the situation. Later today I will chair a meeting of the Scottish Government's Resilience committee.

"My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives and with everyone who has been harmed or affected by these terrible incidents."

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FAQ | Cobra emergency committee



French president: Another appalling attack on society's freedoms

The French president's office has released a statement concerning the attack.

"The attack on London just days after the one in Manchester is yet another appalling attack on society's freedoms.

Mr Macron sends his condolences and thoughts to the victims and their families at this painful time.  He assures Britain of France's solidarity with the British people  - France is doing everything it can in the fight against terrorism in Britain and all affected countries.

French citizens are among the victims and France is doing everything it can to help them.

This Sunday sees the first round of voting in legislative elections for our citizens living abroad. Working with the British authorities, security will be reinforced in London so that the democratic process can continue in the face of the enemies of freedom.

The President is in contact with British authorities and is being kept up to date with developments in the inquiry.


What we know about the attack

  • 10.07pm - Ambulance services were called to reports of a vehicle ploughing through pedestrians on London Bridge, arriving within six minutes.
  • 10.08pm - Police were also called to the scene.
  • Officers then attended a second incident at nearby Borough Market after reports of stabbings.
  • Within eight minutes, three male suspects, wearing fake explosive vests, were shot dead in Borough Market by police marksman.
  • At least 48 patients were taken to five hospitals. Some are in a critical condition.
  • Shortly before 4am - Police confirm six people were killed in the rampage.
  • The Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee on Sunday.
  • Conservative Party has suspended national campaigning for the general election.


'I'm a passionate believer in democracy'

Sadiq Khan told Sky News the General Election is going to go ahead on Thursday, writes

Lydia Willgress

"I'll be voting on Thursday. I'm not an advocate of postponing the election, I'm a passionate believer in democracy... I'm looking forward to voting on Thursday."

There have been demands on social media for the election to be postponed


Londoners will see increased police presence

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has speaking about the attack last night.

He says some of those injured in the attack are a critical condition. 

The threat level remains the same at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, but he said Londoners would see an increased police presence. 

He also said it was not a mistake to reduce the terror threat from critical after the Manchester attack. 

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Explained | UK terror threat levels

Asked about some calls to postpone the election, he said he does not support such a move. "One of the things we can do to show we are not cowed is to vote in the general election on Thursday," he said. 


Tories confirm suspension of campaigning

A spokesman for Theresa May has confirmed  the Conservative Party has suspended national campaigning on Sunday for the upcoming election.

"The Conservative Party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge."

The other major parties are expected to make the same decision.


Ambulance service got over 100 calls

The ambulance service says it received more than 100 calls related to the attack.

Our control room staff took over 100 calls for the incident at #LondonBridge

— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 4, 2017


Journalist in 'intensive care'

A journalist believed to have been injured in the attack last night has reportedly been found.

Friends had been searching for Geoff Ho, a business editor with Express Newspapers, who had been in pub when the attack unfolded.

I don't know how many times to say it but I can't stop. My friend @GeoffTheRed missing in #londonattack. We need info please help.

— Isabelle Oderberg (@yodaberg) June 4, 2017

Isabelle Oderberg, who had been appealing for information throughout the night, said Mr Ho had been found and is in intensive care.

We have found geoff. He is in intensive care. Thank you for the RTs and messages. I'll be going offline now until I hear more.

— Isabelle Oderberg (@yodaberg) June 4, 2017


Campaigning 'to be suspended'

ITV's Robert Peston is reporting that politicians will suspend national campaigning today in the wake of last night's attack. Campaigning at a local level will continue, he says.

As of now, politicians to suspend national campaigning today, but local campaigning to continue. That feels right. What do you think?

— Robert Peston (@Peston) June 4, 2017


'We hid under the table'

More witness accounts have been emerging from the terror attack last night.

A taxi driver told Sky News that he spoke to a couple who held the door shut of the Black and Blue Restaurant so some could escape through the back door because "bad people were outside". The people then overcame them and got in. 

Jamie, a witness who was in a restaurant on Rochester Walk near London Bridge, told the Press Association:

"We were in the Black and Blue restaurant, we heard a fight and everyone got up and everyone rushed out of the restaurant and we heard a massive, massive bang. Then we hid under the table and people came into the restaurant and knocked a bunch of stuff over, like the till.

"And then we ran into the restaurant into the kitchen, where there was a bunch of other people and a guy had been stabbed and he was cut and he was bleeding quite a lot."

He added that they waited in the kitchen for "quite a while" before they were evacuated.

A female companion said:

"We were in the restaurant and we just saw three guys come into the restaurant, stabbed someone in the face and someone in the stomach.

"One of them had a big knife, then he came in and walked around the restaurant, I guess they just kind of stabbed anyone that they saw and knocked things on the ground and then we just hid."


Hunt for evidence continues

As a new day begins in the capital, large parts of the London Bridge area remain cordoned as police specialists collect evidence.

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Police cordon off the area around at the scene in London Bridge and Borough Market in London Credit: PA
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A police officer speaks to a member of the public in the London Bridge area Credit: PA
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A police helicopter flies over London Bridge and Borough Market in London Credit: PA


Number of injured people rises

The London Ambulance Service has issued an update, saying 48 people have been taken to hospital after the attack. 

It said a number of people were also treated at the scene of the attack. 

We have taken 48 patients to hospital following the incident at #LondonBridge

— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 4, 2017


5.30am summary

These are the facts of the London terror attack on Saturday night:

  • Police were called at around 10.08pm to reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians on London Bridge;
  • The white van then continued to drive to Borough Market;
  • Three men then left the vehicle and began to stab people, including a British Transport Police Officer;
  • The suspects were confronted and shot dead by police at Borough Market within eight minutes of the first call being made;
  • At least six people were killed, and more than 30 injured.


Juncker and Modi send their thoughts and prayers

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, tweeted: "Following latest London incidents with horror. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please stay safe." Indian Prime Minisiter Narendra Modi called the attack "shocking" and "anguishing".

"We condemn them," he said. "My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured."


More than 80 medics responded to the attacks

Over 80 of our medics responded to the incident in #LondonBridge

— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 4, 2017



Islamic State had called for 'all-out war' on West at start of Ramadan after Manchester attack

Josie Ensor reported last week:

European security services are bracing for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after Islamic State called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on "infidels” in the West.

Saturday (May 27) marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which has in recent years seen a large uptick in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) terror attacks.

“Muslim brothers in Europe who can’t reach the Islamic State lands, attack them in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums,” the jihadist group said in a message entitled Where are the lions of war? and published on YouTube.

Defending themselves after the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, which left 22 mostly children and teenagers dead, the group said: “Do not despise the work. Your targeting of the so-called innocents and civilians is beloved by us and the most effective, so go forth and may you get a great reward or martyrdom in Ramadan.”

There have been no claims of responsibility for the London terror attack.

Read the full article.


Police: London attackers were wearing hoax suicide vests



Police appeal for any images or video of the attack

Any images or videos of #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket incidents can be shared with police here

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 4, 2017



Calls for General Election to be suspended

Several people on social media are calling for the General Election to be suspended.



British Transport Police officer 'seriously injured'

A British Transport Police (BTP) officer was stabbed in the face as he responded to the terrorist incident at London Bridge.

Emergency services rushed to the scene following reports of a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians around London Bridge and stabbings at Borough Market shortly after 10pm.

The BTP officer, who was on duty, was one of the first on the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public, the force said.

A spokeswoman said it was believed he was targeted by one of the three attackers who were later shot dead by police.

BTP said in a statement: "He received injuries to his head, face and leg, which, at this time, are believed to be serious but not life threatening."

"The officer is currently being treated in a central London hospital and his family are with him while he receives treatment."


Six confirmed dead in London attacks

Six people have died in the terrorist incidents in London and three attackers have been shot dead by police, Scotland Yard said. 

Police said they believed there were no more than three attackers.

"Armed response officers then responded very quickly and bravely and confronted the three male suspects who were shot and killed on Borough Market," Mark Rowley, Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, said.

"Sadly, six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot by police," he said.

"The suspects had been confronted and shot by police within eight minutes of the first call. The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes."

He added: "We believe three people were involved but we still have some more inquiries to be 100% confident on that."


Trump and May speak on the phone

MORE: Pres. Trump called PM May to offer his condolences "for the brutal terror attacks" in London.

— ABC News (@ABC) June 4, 2017



Security tightened in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday that he had directed state law-enforcement officials to increase security at high-profile locations such as airports, bridges, tunnels and mass-transit systems.

My heart goes out to the victims of the shocking incidents in London. NY stand with the people of Britain, as they've always done for us.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 4, 2017



Muslim Council of Britain 'appalled' by London attacks 

"These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms." @MuslimCouncil@harakha statement

— MCB (@MuslimCouncil) June 4, 2017



Police appeal for people to let friends and family know they are safe

If you are safe please let friends and family know. This will relieve pressure on Casualty Bureau. #LondonBridge#BoroughMarket

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 4, 2017



Attacker stabbed girl and said 'this is for Allah'



General Election disrupted by terrorism for second time within two weeks 

The attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market mark the second time the General Election has been disrupted by an act of terrorism.

It comes less than two weeks after the parties suspended campaigning following the Manchester attack in which suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert.

There was no immediate announcement whether there would be a further suspension following the latest incident - which came just days before voters are due go to the polls on June 8.

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Police officers walk at the scene of an apparent terror attack on London Bridge Credit: AFP



Amber Rudd: London attacks are horrific

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the London attacks were "horrific":

This was an horrific attack in the heart of our capital city, targeted at people enjoying their evening with friends and family.

My thoughts are with the victims and all those affected by this incident.

As ever, in difficult and traumatic circumstances, I am extremely proud of and thankful to our police and emergency services who responded so swiftly and those who will work tirelessly as the investigation into this appalling act continues.


Met opens casualty bureau

The Metropolitan police have set up a casualty bureau. They have also set up phone lines for anyone seeking information about friends or relatives who may have been caught up in the attack:

  • 0800 096 1233
  • 020 7158 0197


Police 'still searching for one suspect'

Sky Sources: Police are still trying to locate one suspect

— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) June 4, 2017



Latest statement from the Met Police

Our latest statement about the incident in #LondonBridge. We have taken at least 20 patients to six hospitals across London.

— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 4, 2017



'France stands by the UK, today more than ever!'

"France stands by the UK, today more than ever! My thoughts are with the victims and their families" says President Macron @Number10gov

— French Embassy UK (@FranceintheUK) June 4, 2017

Face à cette nouvelle tragédie, la France est plus que jamais aux côtés du Royaume-Uni. Mes pensées vont aux victimes et à leurs proches.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 4, 2017



People fleeing in terror



Police 'cannot confirm all terrorists accounted for'

Police are unable to confirm that all the terrorists involved in the London attack have been accounted for, Sky reports.


At least 20 injured

London Ambulance Service states it has taken at least 20 patients to six hospitals across London.

"We have taken at least 20 patients to six hospitals across London following the incident at London Bridge," the London Ambulance Service's assistant director of operations, Peter Rhodes, said in a statement on Sunday.

"We have also treated a number of people at the scene for less serious injuries," he added.


'Three men arrested'

Neal Tate said he saw two or three young men in their 20s being arrested in Borough High Street. He told reporters he was walking around the back of Guy's Hospital when he saw police cordons closing the streets off.

I found myself in an alleyway trying to get through to Borough High Street and then I found myself behind a civilian car with loads of police vans there.

Suddenly there was an arrest being made - two, maybe three guys being pushed up against the shutters of a shop.

The police were shouting at them and they were being very compliant.

The police to me looked like regular riot police. They didn't seem like the armed tactical group.


Explosions 'are police monitored'

Just had confirmation explosions in London Bridge area are controlled and police monitored

— James Cox (@jcoxwriter) June 4, 2017



Attacker stabbed girl and said 'this is for Allah' - witness

One eyewitness, named only as Gerard, told the BBC: "I saw a geezer lying on the floor saying he'd been stabbed

"I saw these three Muslim guys run up and started stabbing this girl. They attacked her and stabbed another guy.

"They started running up the road, stabbed the bouncer at the Tavern.

"I was throwing bottles at them, pint glasses, stools, chairs, but I was defenceless.

"They were running up saying 'this is for Allah'. 

"They stabbed this girl maybe ten, 15 times. She was saying 'help me, help me'."

He claimed he had hit one of the attackers on the back of the head by throwing things at him, and was chased, but escaped unharmed.

John Stokes, London bus tour guide, said he counted eight people lying in the road or pavement receiving medical treatment on London Bridge.

He had arrived on the scene with a bus full of tourists moments after the attack, initially thinking it was a one-off traffic accident before seeing the number of casualties.

After the police arrived, he said, an office banged on the bus door and told everyone on the bus to run towards Monument.

"All the tourists on our bus ran for their lives," he said. 


Ariana Grande sends her prayers to London 

Praying for London ♡

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 4, 2017

The popstar is due to play a benefit concert in Manchester today after her show was attacked by a suicide bomber two weeks ago. 


Another explosion heard at London Bridge

Our reporters on the scene have heard an explosion in the London Bridge area. 

The police have not confirmed if it was a controlled explosion carried out by officers.

There has just been a huge explosion on London Bridge. We are talking four-five times louder than earlier explosions #londonbridge

— Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) June 4, 2017



Picture shows man on ground with canisters strapped to him 

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cannisters pic 

A picture has been shared on social media showing a man lying on the ground who appears to have canisters strapped to him.

It was taken in the Borough Market area. 

The BBC earlier tonight reported an unnamed eyewitness, a security guard who works across multiple bars and pubs in Borough Market, claiming to have seen a man with a canister strapped to his abdomen.

Stressing that the reports were unverified, the news channel claims the man saw the attackers after receiving a call from a colleague in another bar who said people had been stabbed. 

The eyewitness described people running away screaming from three men, one wearing a red and black top. He claimed one man had a canister taped to his abdomen.

The man and his colleagues tried to throw chairs at the three attackers, who were going in and out of different bars, before helping to evacuate the area


How to let friends and family know you are safe 

As in previous attacks, Facebook has created a tool for people in the area to mark themselves as safe.

The feature allows users in the area to broadcast to their Facebook friends that they are safe, and for those concerned to check on their friends.

The Facebook page, titled "The Attack in London, United Kingdom", can be found here. People in the area can use it to "check in" as safe, and others can see which of their friends in the area have and have not checked in.

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Video shows the scene at London Bridge



Knifeman shouted 'this is for Allah' - reports 

An eyewitness on London Bridge, told the BBC he saw three men stabbing people indiscriminately, shouting "this is for Allah". 

He told how he saw a van driving on the pavement with people running out of the way, before three men got out.

"They literally just started kicking them, punching them, they took out knives. It was a rampage really," he said.

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Armed Police on London Bridge Credit: Dominic Lipinski /PA

"They headed down towards Southwark Cathedral towards the bar, and starting running at people.

"People at the bar started fighting back. then the three of them decided to make their way up to the bridge

"A woman was staring at them and they started stabbing her.

"Throughout the whole way across the bridge, there were people littered across bleeding. People were trying to help each other."

He added he had heard them shouting "this is for Allah".

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People were told to leave the area amid a 'major incident' Credit: Dominic Lipinski /PA

The BBC also reports an unnamed eyewitness, a security guard who works across multiple bars and pubs in Borough Market, claiming to have seen a man with a canister strapped to his abdomen.

Stressing that the reports were unverified, the news channel claims the man saw the attackers after receiving a call from a colleague in another bar who said people had been stabbed. 

The eyewitness described people running away screaming from three men, one wearing a red and black top. He claimed one man had a canister taped to his abdomen.

The man and his colleagues tried to throw chairs at the three attackers, who were going in and out of different bars, before helping to evacuate the area.


Theresa May to chair a Cobra meeting on Sunday morning

Theresa May will chair a Cobra meeting about tonight's incidents first thing on Sunday morning. 

It is understood that the Prime Minister was in her Maidenhead constituency when she was alerted to the news.  So-called Cobra meetings are named after Cabinet Office Briefing Room A, where crisis response meetings are held.  They usually include the Prime Minister and senior cabinet ministers as well as intelligence and security officials. 

Mrs May held two Cobra meetings in one day less than two weeks ago on the day of the Manchester bombing., latest News Around the world presents the latest information of national, regional, and international, politics, economics, sports, automotive, and lifestyle.

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