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The Service is devastated by the attack in Manchester last night. 

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Thanks to the emergency services for the excellent work they did last night, you can train for Incidents like this but nothing can prepare you for the shock and sadness when tragedies like this occur. This is, indeed, a very sad time for Manchester.
Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Service, Derek Cartwright said: “The Service is devastated by the attack in Manchester last night. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones and wish those in hospital a speedy and full recovery.

“We were made aware of the incident at 10.46pm and soon after declared a ‘major incident’. Our staff worked tirelessly throughout the night to coordinate the large scale response with 60 ambulances attending the horrifying scene in the city.

“Ambulance crews were accompanied by our hazardous area response teams, consultant paramedics, advanced paramedics and doctors who all offered their advanced clinical skills. We are extremely proud of the professional way our staff responded and treated those involved.

“In total, our clinicians treated and took 59 patients to hospital and approximately 60 ‘walking wounded’ were also treated by our crews but did not go to hospital.

“No matter how much we train our staff for incidents such as this, nothing can prepare you for the shock and sadness when tragedies like this occur. This is, indeed, a very sad time for Manchester.

“We would like to convey our thanks to our colleagues in West Midlands, Wales, Yorkshire and East Midlands ambulance services who provided mutual aid so we could continue reaching patients who needed our help in our communities.

“Finally, the co-operation of the public has been very gratefully received. We had many messages throughout the night from people volunteering their services, blankets, first aid skills and tea. It was extremely heart-warming to receive such messages and demonstrates how a city can pull together during these difficult times.

“We would also like to thank the public for being patient with us yesterday as we attended the incident and would like to assure people that as always we are available to anyone who urgently needs our help.”

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Terror suspect not cooperating with police Assistant Commissioner says

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Met Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu is providing an update outside New Scotland Yard.

He says the suspect, who is yet to be formally identified, is “not currently cooperating” with officers.

He adds police cordons are “likely to be in place for some time” as the investigation continues.

Basu says there “wasn’t a police car in pursuit of the vehicle” prior to it crashing into a security barrier outside Parliament.

He adds: “I believe it was an ambulance on a completely unrelated call.”

Armed officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident outside of Parliament.

A vehicle was involved in a collision and armed police quickly deployed to the scene.

The vehicle crashed into a crash barrier that is there to protect the Houses of Parliament.

Met Police have confirmed a number of people have been hurt and the male driver has been arrested

Armed police approached the vehicle after it crashed into barriers.

Police quickly cleared the area and put a cordon in place.

The nature of the incident is not yet clear.

An eye witness has told Police Hour that he saw the vehicle driving at speed hit the crash barrier, police did not approach the vehicle until specialist officers arrived.

Specialist officers armed forced the door open and then forced everyone back.

Again almost half an hour after the incident police have further extended the cordon.

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Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after two hurt

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Police have arrested a man on suspicion of terror offences after two people were injured when a car crashed into security barriers outside parliament.

The silver car is believed to have hit two cyclists before it crashed into security barriers at a checkpoint outside of parliament.

Two people have been treated at the scene and transferred to hospital for treatment.

Police have now confirmed that counter-terror officers are leading the investigation, The driver who is a man in his 20s, wearing a white shirt and a black hooded puffer jacket, was detained at the scene and is now in custody.

Met Police confirmed they were dealing with an ongoing incident, which involved armed officers outside of the Houses of Parliament.

The vehicle crashed into a crash barrier that is there to protect the Houses of Parliament within a security checkpoint.

It would be very unusual for a member of the public to be within this access point, this access point is guarded by armed police and only people on official Parliament business are granted access to this car park.

Unarmed officers held back from the incident this morning while awaiting armed officers to attend, police held the ambulance and fire service back until the situation was deemed safe.

Police quickly cleared the area and put a cordon in place, shouting to passers-by to clear the area. The cordon was quickly extended further and again further until the area of Westminster was placed on lockdown.

An eye witness has told Police Hour that he saw the vehicle driving at speed hit the crash barrier, police did not approach the vehicle until specialist officers arrived.

Specialist officers armed forced the door open and then forced everyone back.

 

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Armed Police responding to incident outside of Parliament

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Armed officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident outside of Parliament.

A vehicle was involved in a collision and armed police quickly deployed to the scene.

The vehicle crashed into a crash barrier that is there to protect the Houses of Parliament.

Met Police have confirmed a number of people have been hurt and the male driver has been arrested

Armed police approached the vehicle after it crashed into barriers.

Police quickly cleared the area and put a cordon in place.

The nature of the incident is not yet clear.

An eye witness has told Police Hour that he saw the vehicle driving at speed hit the crash barrier, police did not approach the vehicle until specialist officers arrived.

Specialist officers armed forced the door open and then forced everyone back.

Again almost half an hour after the incident police have further extended the cordon.

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