London Bridge terrorist killed two before police shot him dead


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Two innocent members of the public have died after a knifeman went on a rampage this afternoon in London. 

Armed police shot dead a knifeman wearing a fake suicide vest today after he stabbed up to five people in a shocking terrorist attack as frightened crowds fled the scene.

Witnesses on the scene said the man had been brandishing two knives and had attacked people on the north side of London Bridge before running into the centre at around 2pm. 

This evening Met Police crime commissioner Cressida Dick praised the members of the public who helped and said counter terrorism is working around the clock to identify those who have lost their lives, working to understand ‘what has happened and if anyone else was involved’. 

Dramatic video footage showed the knifeman being tackled to the ground by at least six heroic members of the public.

Seconds later police told people on top of the suspect to move away, before dragging the last bystander to safety and opening fire. Officers were heard shouting ‘stop moving’ twice before shooting the man at close range.

One of the brave heroes was on the other side of the bridge and ran over to help, tackling the man and wrestling the knife off him. The suspect lay on the ground still moving as officers backed away – clearly fearing they were still in danger. 

Meanwhile police immediately evacuated the south side of London Bridge near Borough Market, as hundreds of frightened bystanders began screaming and running for their lives as they heard shots being fired. 

Witnesses described a scene of panic around London Bridge, with ambulance crews giving CPR to one victim on the floor near Monument Underground station and some people helped to their feet after falling over in the rush. It has since been reported that at least twelve people have been left injured following the attack today and a Whitehall spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that there have been two fatalities. 

Today’s incident comes two and a half years after the horrifying terrorist attack on London Bridge in June 2017 which saw Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, kill eight people and injure 48 others. 

The incident started close to London’s main financial hub where thousands of bankers and finance workers travel every day. It started outside Grade II listed buildings Fishmongers’ Hall. Many buildings in the financial district were on high security this afternoon as roads were closed in the area, many workers were also stood outside their buildings as officers cordoned off the roads.

Up to five people were stabbed before the knife maniac ran onto London Bridge shortly before 2pm this afternoon, where dramatic video (pictured above) showed he was tackled to the ground by at least six heroic members of the public

Up to five people were stabbed before the knife maniac ran onto London Bridge shortly before 2pm this afternoon, where dramatic video (pictured above) showed he was tackled to the ground by at least six heroic members of the public 

A man can be seen holding a knife on London Bridge during the incident today

A man lies on London Bridge following the incident that saw a huge police response today

One of the bystanders on London Bridge was seen holding a knife (left) which appeared to have been taken from the suspect. Another man – believed to be the shot knifeman – could be seen lying on the ground, close to a knife (circled, right)

The image above gives a clear view of the suspected knifeman and the fake explosives device he was wearing at the time of the attack this afternoon

The image above gives a clear view of the suspected knifeman and the fake explosives device he was wearing at the time of the attack this afternoon

The alleged knifeman is pictured above on the floor with armed police on the right hand side. The is seen wearing the fake explosive device. The officers appear to be pointing their guns at him

The alleged knifeman is pictured above on the floor with armed police on the right hand side. The is seen wearing the fake explosive device. The officers appear to be pointing their guns at him

The eyewitness video appears to show a man on the pavement of the north-bound carriageway on the western side today

The eyewitness video appears to show a man on the pavement of the north-bound carriageway on the western side today

The suspect is seen on the floor above as armed office point their guns towards him. Members of the public can be seen stood around

The suspect is seen on the floor above as armed office point their guns towards him. Members of the public can be seen stood around

A woman is carried away from the scene by police officers at London Bridge this afternoon. Four officer took her to safety

A woman is carried away from the scene by police officers at London Bridge this afternoon. Four officer took her to safety 

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge today as they respond to the incident. Other members of the public seem to be walking past obliviously

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge today as they respond to the incident. Other members of the public seem to be walking past obliviously 

Speaking at a press conference this evening commissioner Dick said: ‘Police were called at 13.58 and City of London officers had bravely and professionally confronted the suspect by 14.03 just five minutes later, if you are concerned about anyone there today please try to contact them and if you cannot, get in touch with us.

‘I want to thank all the emergency services personnel who are working tirelessly to deal with this incident. We want to thank the members of the public who helped by showing extraordinary courage or by following the instructions they were given by officers in the area.

‘In the coming days you will see more police patrolling our streets to help reassure those of you who are concerned.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ‘being kept updated’ as he abandoned campaigning and rushed back to Westminster from his Uxbridge constituency. It comes weeks after the UK’s terror threat level was downgraded.

He added: ‘I can assure you and assure everyone that anyone involved in this attack will be hunted down and brought to justice.’  

Mr Johnson has now suspended his campaigning on Saturday following the incident. 

Extra police officers will be on patrol across London in the wake of the attack, while British Transport Police said there also would be more officers on the transport network including firearms officers and other specialist teams.

London Bridge station reopened this evening but cordons could remain in place across the city of the weekend ‘due to other factors’. 

One witness praised the bravery of one member of the public who intervened and disarmed the man.

 ‘This man was walking behind us on the other side of London Bridge when the attack began. He ran through traffic and jumped the central partition to tackle the attacker with several others. We ran away but looks like he disarmed him. Amazing bravery’, the witness said.

Police at Borough Market after a knifeman was shot by officers on London Bridge this afternoon. Emergency response units flooded the streets

Police at Borough Market after a knifeman was shot by officers on London Bridge this afternoon. Emergency response units flooded the streets 

People are evacuated from London Bridge in the capital this afternoon after a police incident. People were seen running down the street

People are evacuated from London Bridge in the capital this afternoon after a police incident. People were seen running down the street 

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today. Roads were closed entering and exiting London Bridge

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today. Roads were closed entering and exiting London Bridge

Police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge this afternoon. Police officers were seen co-coordinating members of the public

Police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge this afternoon. Police officers were seen co-coordinating members of the public 

Forensic officers are seen near the site of the incident early this evening. One office seems to be holding a light up while the other takes a picture

Forensic officers are seen near the site of the incident early this evening. One office seems to be holding a light up while the other takes a picture

Mayor Sadiq Khan said some of those stabbed were ‘seriously injured’, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was ‘very concerned’ and President Donald Trump said the US pledges ‘full support to our ally, the United Kingdom’.

The incident took place on a busy Friday afternoon in London, where many officer workers frequently leave their desks early to enjoy the bars and restaurants nearby. Today is also one of the biggest shopping days for the UK with Black Friday sales sweeping many stores across the country.  

As well as city workers and tourists, those also thought to have been caught up in the incident were a group of Cambridge University students who were thought to have been attending an event nearby.

A spokesman said: ‘We are gravely concerned at reports that University of Cambridge staff, students and alumni were caught up in the incident at London Bridge. We are urgently seeking clarification and further details. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by these terrible events.’ 

One video showed what appeared to be police pulling equipment out of a vehicle nearby. Those in the video could be heard saying: ‘They’ve actually got guns out.’

One bus driver, who was in the area at the time of the attack told of the moment police advised him to get out of his vehicle and run.

Bus driver Mustafa Salih was travelling towards London Bridge when he saw the cordons and police vehicles. Speaking to BBC London he said: ‘A police officer came up to me and and said turn your engine off, get off and run.

‘I looked up and I could see a crowd of people coming towards me. One woman was crying, it was all very scary and we did not know what was happening’. 

Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, said outside the New Scotland Yard headquarters shortly after 4pm: ‘At approximately 2pm today, police were called to a stabbing at a premises near London Bridge.

A police officer moves an uninvolved person away from a cordon after the incident today. Many people became distressed after the attack this afternoon

A police officer moves an uninvolved person away from a cordon after the incident today. Many people became distressed after the attack this afternoon 

A person is assisted after falling when police evacuated people from Borough Market near London Bridge this afternoon. Traffic was stopped in the area

A person is assisted after falling when police evacuated people from Borough Market near London Bridge this afternoon. Traffic was stopped in the area 

‘Emergency services attended including officers from the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police. A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from City of London Police and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene.’

Onlooker Zack Shooter said police almost knocked him over as they ran towards the incident, adding: ‘Then loads of cars with sirens all rushed past me at full speed.’

Another onlooker who witnessed the incident told how armed police shouted at the knifeman ‘don’t move, don’t move’ before they shot him twice.

‘People were running away. It looked like a fight. I saw a man who looked like he was carrying a stick and another man holding a fire extinguisher who were chasing the man with the knife.

‘They grabbed him and pinned him to the ground. The guy was hitting him with a stick and the other one was trying to hit him with the fire extinguisher.

‘Then three or four more people turned up and all of them held him on the ground. One of them grabbed his knife and prized it out of his hand.’

Forensic officers seemed to be pitching up this evening, as they continue to investigate the scene close to London Bridge

Forensic officers seemed to be pitching up this evening, as they continue to investigate the scene close to London Bridge 

A police man with a dog patrols the area near London Bridge after the stabbing in the area was declared a terrorist incident by the Met

A police man with a dog patrols the area near London Bridge after the stabbing in the area was declared a terrorist incident by the Met 

Armed police were seen patrolling the streets early this evening with emergency vehicles being parked up on both sides of the road

Armed police were seen patrolling the streets early this evening with emergency vehicles being parked up on both sides of the road 

Police and emergency vehicles gather at Leadenhall near London Bridge as the force continues to deal with the fall out of this afternoon's attack

Police and emergency vehicles gather at Leadenhall near London Bridge as the force continues to deal with the fall out of this afternoon’s attack

He added that they had all been very brave and said armed police shouted at everyone to get back.  

Police evacuated London Bridge station and the surrounding area. Mr Basu said that specialist officers had been deployed after reports that the suspect had an explosive vest, but the device was believed to be a ‘hoax’.

He added: ‘Due to reports that the suspect might have had an explosive device specialist officers attended the scene. However, I can confirm at this time we believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect is a hoax explosive device.’

A cordon was set up at Borough Market while evacuation continued from shops and businesses.

Mr Basu said he would give updates to the families of those injured ‘as soon as we can get that information’.

‘A number of other people received injuries during this incident. As soon as we can provide further updates on their condition, we will,’ he told the press conference.

‘Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everybody who has been involved in this and is anxiously waiting for information on their loved ones.

‘As soon as we can get that information, we will get it to you.’

The response from officers led scores of people to run down St Thomas’ Street. Police said they were treating the evacuation of the area surrounding Borough Market as a ‘major incident.’  

The map above shows the areas of the city which were impacted by the attack this afternoon. The attack is believed to have started just before 2pm this afternoon near Fishmongers Hall. The attack then ran onto London Bridge where he was tackled by members of the public before being shot dead. Borough Market was also evacuated

The map above shows the areas of the city which were impacted by the attack this afternoon. The attack is believed to have started just before 2pm this afternoon near Fishmongers Hall. The attack then ran onto London Bridge where he was tackled by members of the public before being shot dead. Borough Market was also evacuated

Armed police officers at the scene on London Bridge this afternoon following the terrorist incident which resulted in the City of London coming to a standstill

Armed police officers at the scene on London Bridge this afternoon following the terrorist incident which resulted in the City of London coming to a standstill 

Police cordon around the incident at London Bridge today, with officers seen near Bank Underground station. Police horses were also seen in the streets

Police cordon around the incident at London Bridge today, with officers seen near Bank Underground station. Police horses were also seen in the streets 

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station after the incident today. Police vehicles were seen parked in the roads

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station after the incident today. Police vehicles were seen parked in the roads 

The Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted: ‘The sorrow and shock is heartbreaking for those caught up by the London Bridge attack and for the bereaved. The police and ambulance crews are wonderful. May Christ comfort them, and may our nation be given resilience, protecting the weak, strong in facing threats.’

The archbishop added: ‘As well as that, what a privilege to live in a country where casual passers by are so astonishingly brave. Whatever we disagree about during an election we can be united in celebrating such examples. Let those of faith thank God for the gift of such people, let all of us be glad.’

National Rail tweeted: ‘London Bridge station has now reopened following an earlier police incident near the station. Trains may continue to be delayed, cancelled or revised whilst the train service is reinstated.’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: ‘London Bridge station now reopen – it will take a little time for services to return to normal. My thanks to passengers for their co-operation and to the British Transport Police for their professionalism.’

A large police cordon remains in place around the north side of London Bridge following the knife attack.

Pedestrian and vehicle access along Upper Thames Street, which runs underneath part of the bridge, is blocked by police at its junction with Swan Lane through to Lower Thames Street at its junction with Fish Hill Street.

The pedestrian cordon extends north-east to Fenchurch Street, at its junction with Philpot Lane, and north to Gracechurch Street, at its junction with Bell Inn Yard.

On the northwest side on the bridge, the pedestrian cordon extends to Cannon Street at its junction with Bush Lane. Monument Station, which is within the cordon, remains closed. 

Salih Tasdemir was at Kaplan International College when he saw videos of the attack on social media. 

Metropolitan Police armed response officers patrol inside Borough Market in London this afternoon. The area is usually full of people

Metropolitan Police armed response officers patrol inside Borough Market in London this afternoon. The area is usually full of people

People stand outside London Bridge station after it was closed following the incident nearby this afternoon. The stabbing left several people wounded

People stand outside London Bridge station after it was closed following the incident nearby this afternoon. The stabbing left several people wounded 

Police walk through the Borough Market area after a man was shot by officers on London Bridge this afternoon. Members of the public are seen at the side of the road

Police walk through the Borough Market area after a man was shot by officers on London Bridge this afternoon. Members of the public are seen at the side of the road 

Metropolitan Police armed response officers gather near Borough Market after shots were fired on London Bridge today. Police dogs were also out

Metropolitan Police armed response officers gather near Borough Market after shots were fired on London Bridge today. Police dogs were also out

Police stand at Borough Market as they control the crowds at London Bridge this afternoon. The area is usually full of people enjoying the pubs and bars

Police stand at Borough Market as they control the crowds at London Bridge this afternoon. The area is usually full of people enjoying the pubs and bars 

Forensics officers make their way to London Bridge after police shot a man on the bridge this afternoon. One is seen carrying a tripod while the other is carrying a case and bag

Forensics officers make their way to London Bridge after police shot a man on the bridge this afternoon. One is seen carrying a tripod while the other is carrying a case and bag

‘Then I saw police outside and there was an alarm inside the college,’ the 17-year-old said. ‘Then the police were telling us to leave. People were running. I was really scared.’

PM abandons election campaign and rushes back to Downing Street

Boris Johnson interrupted his election campaign and rushed to Downing Street following today’s suspected terror attack which left one person dead and at least five injured.

The Prime Minister rushed back into Central London from his Uxbridge constituency following the drama in the heart of the capital.

His spokesman said he would be receiving ‘further updates’ on the unfolding incident. 

At the start of November the UK’s terrorism threat level was downgraded to ‘substantial’ from ‘severe’, meaning an attack was now ‘likely’ rather than ‘highly likely’.

There are five levels of terror threat, with the highest being ‘critical’ – meaning that an attack is highly likely and will come in the near future. After dropping from the second-highest tier, severe, the UK is now on the third rung of danger.

Spanish tourist Maria Ortega told today how she was ushered into a walk-in freezer for her own safety during the London Bridge terror attack.

The 45-year-old from southern Spain said: ‘I’m visiting a friend of mine who lives in London and we were walking through Borough Market.

‘All of sudden people began shouting and running in panic. Someone grabbed me and took me into a butchers shop and to the freezer at the back.

‘There must have been seven or eight of us in there and we were there for about half an hour before we were able to leave.

‘It was strange being in there because there were slabs of meat hanging up but it was safer than being outside. My friend and I were split up and she took refuge in another shop.’

Her friend Liz Martinez, who now lives in South London, added: ‘It was really scary because all of a sudden there was a lot of panic.

‘We didn’t know what was going on. I’m glad we are both safe.’

Staff working for News UK, whose offices are by London Bridge station, reported being held in their building as police dealt with the incident.

Dan Wooton, executive editor at The Sun, tweeted: ‘Police dogs at work on London Bridge. We are currently in lockdown in the News building after advice for police.’  

A man who works across the road from Borough Market said he had heard reports of a man with a knife who had been shot by police. ‘A lorry crossed over into both lanes and police were shooting at it from both sides,’ he said.

Armed police with dogs patrol along Cannon Street in London today after the incident on London Bridge. Members of the public were seen standing on one side of the road

Armed police with dogs patrol along Cannon Street in London today after the incident on London Bridge. Members of the public were seen standing on one side of the road 

Armed police at the scene today after witnesses reported hearing gunshots at London Bridge, A London bus is seen stationary and a lorry is also parked across the bridge

Armed police at the scene today after witnesses reported hearing gunshots at London Bridge, A London bus is seen stationary and a lorry is also parked across the bridge 

‘Apparently there was an assailant with knife. They’ve taped past our office now and we can’t get in.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.’

Mr Johnson is returning from his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency to Downing Street where he will get further information on the London Bridge incident.

‘PM on his way back to No 10 from his constituency where he will receive further updates on the London Bridge incident,’ the Prime Minister’s official spokesman messaged.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘Very concerned by ongoing incident at London Bridge. My thoughts are with all affected. I am grateful for the rapid response of our police and I urge everyone to follow their advice.’

Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: ‘Shocking reports from London Bridge. My thoughts are with those caught up in the incident. Thank you to the police and emergency services who are responding.’

In a statement outside Scotland Yard, Sadiq Khan thanked members of the public who risked ‘their own safety this afternoon’.

‘I want to thank our brave emergency services who responded to today’s horrific attack,’ the mayor told a press conference at Scotland Yard.

Police at the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon, a cordon was put in place

Police at the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon, a cordon was put in place 

People fleeing from Borough Market in London following a police incident this afternoon

People fleeing from Borough Market in London following a police incident this afternoon

Traffic is stopped and people are held behind a police cordon near Borough Market today

Traffic is stopped and people are held behind a police cordon near Borough Market today

‘Every day, they put their lives on the line for us, running towards danger in order to keep us safe. I’d also like to thank members of the public who risked their own safety this afternoon. They are the best of us.’

What happened in 2017’s London Bridge attack?

Eight people were killed and 48 seriously injured when terrorists struck on London Bridge two years ago.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, mowed down pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing random members of the public around Borough Market.

Police with riot shields on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

Police with riot shields on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

The trio were armed with ceramic knives and had fake suicide belts strapped around their waists during the marauding attack on the evening of June 3 2017.

Unarmed police officers, medics and members of the public rushed to help save lives during the attackers’ rampage around Borough Market.

In less than 10 minutes, Butt, Redouane and Zaghba were shot dead after confronting armed officers in Stoney Street.

Emergency personnel on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

Emergency personnel on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

At an inquest at the Old Bailey earlier this year, a jury found that the three terrorists were lawfully killed.

A separate inquest concluded victims Xavier Thomas, 45, Chrissy Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, were unlawfully killed.

Mr Khan asked all Londoners to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.

Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo was murdered in a terror attack in Batley during the EU referendum campaign, tweeted: ‘Please no one on any side use this for party advantage. Let it be a moment where we genuinely come together and show that terrorism will not divide us.’

Former defence minister Tobias Ellwood, who helped tackle a terror attack outside Parliament in 2017, tweeted that today’s incident was a ‘stark reminder of the dangerous and diverse threats we continue to face but also of the incredible bravery and professionalism of our emergency services in so swiftly closing this incident down’.

Deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere said: ‘President Trump has been briefed on this morning’s attack at the London Bridge and is monitoring the situation. The United States strongly condemns all horrific acts of violence on innocent people, and we pledge our full support to our ally, the United Kingdom.’

During a campaign visit to Cardiff, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson expressed concern at the incident at London Bridge.

Ms Swinson said: ‘Clearly, we don’t know the exact details of what has happened, and my thoughts are with everybody who has been caught up in that incident in whatever way.

‘Including, of course, the brave police who are dealing with it with professionalism and in the way in which they do become the first responders in these difficult times.’

A witness who was on a bus going over the bridge said she thought she saw a ‘stab vest or some sort of explosive vest’ worn by the person lying on the bridge.

Kirsten Jones told BBC News: ‘We thought it looked like there was a fight going on, people sort of tussling with each other, and then you realise it was police wrestling with one tall, bearded man. 

‘I had my baby with me so I moved behind the stairwell to be safe, but then there was two shots, or two loud pops, I think, I think they were gun shots, two loud pops, and I also saw a dispensed taser and then the guy was lying on the floor.

‘He then pulled his coat back which showed that he had some sort of vest underneath, whether it’s a stab vest, or some sort of explosive vest, the police then really quickly moved backwards, away.

‘Of course on the bus, we’re panicking, we’re almost as close as the police to him, and he was sort of lying there pulling his coat backwards, and the police were shouting at him and staying back from him.’

Construction worker Howard Walsh said that he and his colleagues saw the member of the public who restrained the attacker being led away by ambulance workers.

Police officers guard outside Borough Market after an incident at London Bridge this afternoon

Police officers guard outside Borough Market after an incident at London Bridge this afternoon

A Metropolitan Police armed response officer stands guard near Borough Market after today

A Metropolitan Police armed response officer stands guard near Borough Market after today

People leave the area as armed police with dogs patrol along Cannon Street in London this afternoon

People leave the area as armed police with dogs patrol along Cannon Street in London this afternoon

Armed police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Armed police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

He said: ‘We had literally finished working in House of Fraser. We were told to evacuate. We came out and were escorted up the road. We saw one person with a stab wound in his chest, escorted further up the road.’

Mr Walsh, 30, said that the victim appeared to have been stabbed on his left hand side but that they ‘seemed alright’ as they were led away by ambulance workers.

One business owner said she had been crossing London Bridge to get to her shop on the north side when police officers stopped her. 

She said that was when she heard at least five or six gunshots and said that her store has been evacuated.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘I was approaching London Bridge and a policeman would not let me through.

‘We heard shooting, it was about five or six shots, I heard five or six quite clearly. All my staff have been evacuated.’

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station today

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station today

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge in the capital

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge in the capital

Members of the police and emergency services arriving at Monument Tube station in London today

Members of the police and emergency services arriving at Monument Tube station in London today

A Metropolitan Police armedResponse officer stands guard near Borough Market after the incident today

A Metropolitan Police armedResponse officer stands guard near Borough Market after the incident today

A video emerged showing police officers aiming guns at a white lorry that jackknifed across London Bridge.

The footage shows several officers surrounding the vehicle before moving to the rear to check its container. London buses can be seen either side of the lorry while three police cars are parked next to it on the bridge.

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Witness Amanda Hunter, who was on a bus across the bridge when she heard shots fired, told BBC News: ‘(The bus) all of a sudden stopped and there was commotion and looked out the window and I just saw these three police officers going over to a man.

‘It seemed like there was something in his hand, I’m not 100 per cent sure, but then one of the police officers shot him.

‘We were stopped on a bus for only a minute or a minute-and-a-half, and then we were able to safely get off the bridge.’

Nurse Jackie Bensfield, 32, described how she asked to be let off a bus on London Bridge after she heard ‘five or six’ gunshots.

A woman, third right, is assisted after falling when police evacuated people from Borough Market in London today

A woman, third right, is assisted after falling when police evacuated people from Borough Market in London today

Police officers close to a scene of the incident at London Bridge this afternoon

Police officers close to a scene of the incident at London Bridge this afternoon

People leave the area near Borough Market after the incident at London Bridge this afternoon

People leave the area near Borough Market after the incident at London Bridge this afternoon

Armed police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today

Armed police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today

The scene on London Bridge in the aftermath of the reported shooting in London today

The scene on London Bridge in the aftermath of the reported shooting in London today

Police at the scene on London Bridge as officers respond to reports of an incident

Police at the scene on London Bridge as officers respond to reports of an incident

London Bridge incident comes weeks after terror threat level downgraded 

The incident on London Bridge comes weeks after the UK’s terrorism threat level was downgraded.

Police said they are treating the stabbing, in which a man was shot by police, ‘as though it is terror-related’.

The threat level was lowered on November 4 to ‘substantial’ from ‘severe’, meaning attacks were thought to be ‘likely’ rather than ‘highly likely’.

Announcing the decision, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘Despite the change in the threat level, terrorism remains one of the most direct and immediate risks to our national security.

‘Substantial continues to indicate a high level of threat, and an attack might well occur without further warning.

‘As ever, the public should remain vigilant and report any concerns they may have to the police.

‘Government, police and intelligence agencies will continue to work tirelessly to address the threat posed by terrorism in all its forms.

‘The threat level is kept under constant review.’

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), an organisation made up of Government departments and other public bodies which reports to MI5, makes the decision on the threat level independently of ministers after weighing up intelligence and information on known terrorist groups.

A review is carried out every six months.

The level was raised to ‘critical’ in May 2017 after the Manchester Arena bombing and it was later downgraded to ‘severe’ in September of that year.

The threat level was downgraded earlier this month as the general who oversaw the US raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warned the country was on alert for possible ‘retribution attacks’ by extremists, while other terrorism experts reportedly warned security services would be ‘braced for attempts to avenge his death’.

Ms Benfield, who was on her way home from work, said she exited the bus and ‘ran like hell’ to escape the shots.

Ms Bensfield, who was visibly shaken by the incident, said: ‘I just ran as fast as I could. Hearing gunshots and running from them is not really a good feeling. 

‘I was on the bus and there was a lot of traffic, but I remember it stopped. Then all of a sudden I see police officers yelling and people running off the bridge. I said ‘please let me out, please let me out.’ 

‘Then I just ran as fast as I could. ‘Pop pop pop’ that’s what it sounded like. Unfortunately I know what gunshots sound like.’

Connor Allen, who was in his van on the bridge when it was evacuated said: ‘Everyone just started running, you heard these pops and that was it. We just got out the van and started running.’

London Ambulance Service said it had declared a major incident.

A statement on Twitter said: ‘We have now declared a major incident and have a number of crews at the scene in London Bridge. We will share more information as soon as we have it.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 1.58pm to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge. Emergency services attended, including officers from the Met and City of London Police. 

‘A man has been detained by police. We believe a number of people have been injured. Further info to follow.’

The force added: ‘At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at London Bridge remain unclear. However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.

‘One man has been shot by police. We will provide further information when possible.’

‘We are aware of reports circulating on social media. We will release facts when we can – our info must be accurate.’

A witness who works in a stall in Borough Market, told how it looked like a minor incident at first. Laurence Verfaillie said: ‘I thought it was a car crash, it looked like it was pretty minor.

Metropolitan Police Armed Response officers gather near Borough Market after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge on November 29, 2019 in London, England

Metropolitan Police Armed Response officers gather near Borough Market after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge on November 29, 2019 in London, England

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station today

Members of the public are held behind a police cordon near London Bridge train station today

Police cars and vans respond to the incident on London Bridge this afternoon

Police cars and vans respond to the incident on London Bridge this afternoon

Scotland Yard said officers are 'dealing with an incident at London Bridge' this afternoon

Scotland Yard said officers are ‘dealing with an incident at London Bridge’ this afternoon

‘Suddenly a trader told me the ice cream seller on the bridge has run away yelling there has been an incident. Another trader said police were looking for someone.

‘Suddenly people were taking refuge in our shop before we got told to leave. We still think about what happened last time.’

Pub-goers were told by police to leave immediately and run as gunshots were heard in the London Bridge area.

Luke Redman, 25, was in the Monument pub with a full pint when officers entered.

Mr Redman, a data scientist said he heard ’12 or 15 (gunshots) in about 10 seconds,’ as he left the pub and ran down an alleyway to escape.

One video posted to social media showed a man, apparently the suspect, grappling with some other men. 

As he tried to get up from the floor, he then collapsed to the ground after being hit by what appeared to be gunfire. 

Another video filmed from a nearby bus showed the apparent suspect being shot as he lay on the ground. Another man in a suit and jacket could be seen running from him, having retrieved a large knife.

A white truck across part of London Bridge during the incident on the Bridge in Central London this afternoon

A white truck across part of London Bridge during the incident on the Bridge in Central London this afternoon

People running away from Borough Market in London after police told them to leave the area

People running away from Borough Market in London after police told them to leave the area 

Armed police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Armed police at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in the capital this afternoon

Vehicles over London Bridge this afternoon as police confirm they are dealing with an incident

Vehicles over London Bridge this afternoon as police confirm they are dealing with an incident

Emergency services vehicles are pictured dealing with an incident on London Bridge today

Emergency services vehicles are pictured dealing with an incident on London Bridge today

People running away from Borough Market in London after police tell to them to leave the area

People running away from Borough Market in London after police tell to them to leave the area

‘We just ran like hell’: City workers and tourists tell of stampede as terror returns to a crowded London Bridge for the second time in two years 

City workers and tourists have told of their panic as terror returned to a crowded London Bridge for the second time in two years today.   

Armed police shot a man on London Bridge today in an incident that has left one person dead and up to five people injured as the Met says it is treating it as ‘terror-related’. 

Many have described how they were told to leave the area by police, heard shots and saw people running for their lives as panicked Londoners fled Borough Market in a ‘stampede’ after gunshots were heard.

People flee the scene as emergency services respond to a shooting incident on London Bridge

People flee the scene as emergency services respond to a shooting incident on London Bridge

Nurse Jackie Benfield, 32, described how she asked to be let off a bus on London Bridge after she heard ‘five or six’ gunshots.

Ms Benfield, who was on her way home from work, said she exited the bus and ‘ran like hell’ to escape the shots.

Connor Allen, who was in his van on the bridge when it was evacuated said: ‘Everyone just started running, you heard these pops and that was it. We just got out the van and started running.’

One business owner said she had been crossing London Bridge to get to her shop on the north side when police officers stopped her.

She said that was when she heard at least five or six gunshots and said that her store has been evacuated.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘I was approaching London Bridge and a policeman would not let me through.

‘We heard shooting, it was about five or six shots, I heard five or six quite clearly.

‘All my staff have been evacuated.’ 

Mike King, a parish councillor at St Magnus-the-Martyr, a church near London Bridge, told BBC News that members of the public were directed into the church by police.

He said: ‘They were directed inside by police outside, directing people to go into the buildings nearby, as you know there are a number of offices near to us.

‘So everybody has been ushered into offices and buildings close by, we’ve had a number of people come in to see us.’

He added: ‘We heard a noise that I thought was firecrackers going off earlier on.’

A witness who works in a stall in Borough Market, said it looked like a minor incident at first.

Laurence Verfaillie said: ‘I thought it was a car crash, it looked like it was pretty minor.

‘Suddenly a trader told me the ice cream seller on the bridge has run away yelling there has been an incident.

‘Another trader said police were looking for someone.

‘Suddenly people were taking refuge in our shop before we got told to leave.

‘We still think about what happened last time.’

Kelby McNally, works in the Northern and Shell Building on Lower Thames Street near to London Bridge.

She said: ‘I was coming out of Pret on Eastcheap and there were loads of people just running, I thought it was a fire alarm or something, and then I saw two girls from my office who told me not to go back there.

‘I asked what had happened, and they said they had heard gunshots and now everyone is running.

‘City of London police officers and paramedics told us, ‘You need to go that way, do not go near London Bridge, run that way’.

‘Everyone was running, so then we came to where the Sky Garden building is and the security guards let everyone in. 

We’re sat in the foyer of this building, and everyone is running outside. Now everyone is being let out of this building but they’re saying you cannot walk back towards London Bridge, go towards Liverpool Street.’

Pub-goers were also told by police to leave immediately and run as gunshots were heard in the London Bridge area.

Luke Redman, 25, was in the Monument pub with a full pint when officers entered.

Mr Redman, a data scientist said he heard ’12 or 15 (gunshots) in about 10 seconds,’ as he left the pub and ran down an alleyway to escape. 

After at least two shots were heard, passengers could be heard screaming, with one shouting: ‘What the f***, they’ve killed him.’

A 31-year-old man who works in an office on Upper Thames Street, overlooking London Bridge, said he heard multiple gun shots coming from the bridge.

‘The first thing I saw was just police cars on the bridge and people were still walking around there. This was before all the armed police came in. Then there were loads of police and loads of gunshots.

‘The next thing I saw, about 10 or 15 minutes later, was a guy being dragged [by police], then later on I saw a woman being carried on a green sheet.

‘She was being carried by four police officers and one appeared to be talking to her.’

The witness said he said saw police ‘drag’ another man along the bridge.

‘When the guy was being dragged there was a man walking behind him who was topless and had blood on him,’ the witness said.

BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gun shots on London Bridge. 

‘Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge,’ he said. 

‘There appeared to be a fight going on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man.’ 

‘Police then quickly arrived, including armed police, and then a number of shots were fired at this man. 

‘Police have now cleared the bridge, everybody has been told to move back and now on the northern side of the bridge, but there are more shots going on.

‘I can’t see what’s happening now because we’ve been moved out of the way but there are shots going on, and you probably hear the police sounds as well.

‘Everybody has cleared the area, the entire bridge has been moved, and right on the northern part of the bridge, right up until quite near the Bank of England, is being cleared.’  

‘There are more police coming into the area as I’m speaking, they’re telling people to clear, to move back,’ Mr McManus continued.

‘We’ve been moved back hundreds of metres back from the northern side of the bridge, and I can only assume the same has happened on the southern side of the bridge as well.’

The BBC correspondent said he could see a man lying on the ground but the situation was ‘ongoing’.

‘There appeared to be a fight going on on the bridge, from what I could see, several people tried to restrain a man and it was then that armed police arrived and they fired shots at this person,’ he said.

‘The last I could see before we were moving from the bridge was lying on the ground.

‘Since then, since we’ve been moved back, I’ve heard several more shots fired as well. So at this moment it seems to be a developing situation.’

On the picture on London Bridge, Mr McManus said: ‘It’s a busy, sunny Friday afternoon, with lots and lots of people out on the streets.

‘Many people going into London Bridge, which is a major train station for people travelling out to the south of London and to the south coast.

‘Of course, this is the business district, the City of London, so it’s incredibly busy here but right now all the traffic has come to a complete halt, the police ticker tape has gone up, there’s police cars everywhere.

‘I can see traffic being turned around to go back where it came from, because the whole of London Bridge, has now been sealed off and those armed police are on the bridge right now.’

Kelby McNally, OK! Online’s editor, works in the Northern and Shell Building on Lower Thames Street near to London Bridge.

She said: ‘I was coming out of Pret on Eastcheap and there were loads of people just running, I thought it was a fire alarm or something, and then I saw two girls from my office who told me not to go back there. I asked what had happened, and they said they had heard gunshots and now everyone is running.

‘City of London police officers and paramedics told us, ‘You need to go that way, do not go near London Bridge, run that way’.

‘Everyone was running, so then we came to where the Sky Garden building is and the security guards let everyone in. We’re sat in the foyer of this building, and everyone is running outside. 

‘Now everyone is being let out of this building but they’re saying you cannot walk back towards London Bridge, go towards Liverpool Street.’

British Transport Police said London Bridge station has been closed.

The force tweeted: ‘We are aware of an incident at London Bridge and are assisting our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police. 

‘London Bridge station is currently closed and trains are none stopping. Please check with the Metropolitan Police for further updates.’

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Barriers to stop vehicle attacks were put up after 2017 terror attacks as bridges were seen as soft target 

Security measures around Westminster and at locations including London Bridge were beefed up in the wake of the 2017 attacks – where today armed police shot a man following reports of a person brandishing a knife.

Barriers were put up within days of a terror incident at London Bridge and Borough Market in June 2017. Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, killed eight people and injured 48 others in the van and knife attack.    

The area, and other central London bridges, were seen as a soft target. After the attacks concern was raised over a lack of protection for pedestrians who were labelled ‘sitting ducks’ in the wake of the incident.

City of London Police only took action to protect the public 'after the horse had bolted' by erecting the barriers (pictured here on London Bridge just days after the terror attack) on eight bridges in six days, the hearing was told

City of London Police only took action to protect the public ‘after the horse had bolted’ by erecting the barriers (pictured here on London Bridge just days after the terror attack) on eight bridges in six days, the hearing was told

The van used in the London Bridge attacks to mow down pedestrians before crashing into railings outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub

The van used in the London Bridge attacks to mow down pedestrians before crashing into railings outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub

In the aftermath, tactics for armed officers were changed, with marksmen allowed to shoot at a vehicle used in such an attack. The number of armed patrols around the capital also increased. 

The terror attack came just months after Khalid Masood, 52, ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge in March 2017, in the first of five terrorist attacks in Britain during that year.

Concern had been raised over the possibility of attacks on Central London bridges, with a  police constable warning his bosses to install barriers on London Bridge weeks before eight people were murdered, an inquest into the terror attacks heard in June.

Terrorist Khuram Butt after he was shot by police in Borough Market in 2017. Butt and his fellow attacker strapped empty canisters to their waists to look like explosive devices

Terrorist Khuram Butt after he was shot by police in Borough Market in 2017. Butt and his fellow attacker strapped empty canisters to their waists to look like explosive devices 

Rachid Redouane (left) and Youssef Zaghba (right) killed eight in the terror attack on London Bridge in 2017

Rachid Redouane (left) and Youssef Zaghba (right) killed eight in the terror attack on London Bridge in 2017

City of London Police only took action to protect the public ‘after the horse had bolted’ by erecting the barriers on eight bridges in six days after the London Bridge 2017 terror attack, the hearing was told.

Members of the public also contacted the authorities that owned London Bridge expressing their worries that the walkway was a ‘prime target’ after the Westminster attack. 

The inquest also heard how London Bridge was considered a ‘viable and attractive target’ for an attack using a vehicle as a weapon in a report submitted in the weeks before the terrorist attack that killed eight people. 

The report, by a private sector company for the City of London Police noted that the ‘location and layout’ of the bridge ‘lends itself to a ramming attack, with no physical barriers to prevent a vehicle mounting the pavement.

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today

Police on Cannon Street in London near the scene of the incident on London Bridge in the capital today

Police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge this afternoon

Police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge this afternoon

It suggested that a vehicle might crash almost exactly where it did on June 3 2017 and that the attackers might attack bystanders with a ‘bladed weapon’, just as they did.

A senior police officer revealed that they did not consider the attack on Westminster Bridge, three months earlier, as an attack on a bridge, even though four of the five victims had died there. The fifth, PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death at the Palace of Westminster.  

Today, with the security measures in place, a man has been shot by police near London Bridge in an incident which is being responded to ‘as though it is terror-related’, the Metropolitan Police said.

Footage on social media appeared to show armed officers surround a person on the ground before discharging a weapon, while a bystander appears to remove a large knife from the scene. 



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