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Terrorist incident in Westminster

Message from Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Last night, the centre of our city was locked down following a vile terrorist attack that took the lives of four innocent people and injured around 40 more.

I know the people in Hammersmith & Fulham join me in expressing our deepest sorrow to those suffering injuries and to the families and loved ones of the innocent people who were killed.

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Image caption: Image 2: PC Keith Palmer

One of those whose life was taken was PC Keith Palmer. PC Palmer had served in the Royal Artillery before becoming a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Squad which he had done for the last 15 years. 

We should never forget that when the attacks happen, and as civilians are ushered towards safety, it is the police and security services sworn to protect us that take the opposite course and confront danger head on.

PC Palmer was just 48 and a husband and a father. He courageously faced down the attacker. I can only imagine the grief his family feel today. They do not mourn alone.

Last night in the Council Chamber, the borough's councillors and officials stood in solidarity for a minute's silence. The terrorist will not win. Our diversity, our unity and our democracy makes us stronger. Our respect for human rights, our belief in the rule of law and our compassion makes us stronger. These are the values that confront the hatred they espouse. They cannot win.

Police advice

You will all be aware of the shocking events at Westminster yesterday. The Metropolitan Police Service is not advising that people change their plans, lock down buildings, or anything of this kind. We do continue to advise, however, that all our communities and partners remain alert but not alarmed.

Londoners should be prepared for likely congestion that will potentially last for several days.

In common with all police forces across the UK, the Metropolitan Police continually trains and plans for incidents of this type and several of those plans are being put into place now.

Our advice to you is:

  • Remain alert not alarmed
  • Report all suspicious sightings.