London’s worst terror attack in more than a decade has killed five people – and injured around 40.
The attacker is among the dead.
He drove a vehicle into pedestrians on a bridge before stabbing a policeman at Westminster.
Police believe he was inspired by Islamist-related international terrorism.
They’re looking at whether he’d worked with others.
He stabbed to death 48-year-old police officer Keith Palmer – who was a husband and dad.
Parliament will meet as normal today but the Queen’s planned visit to the Met Police’s new HQ has been postponed.
Meanwhile all of Essex`s MP`s tweeted to say they were safe during the incident.
They`ve all offered their condolences to the victims and their families and friends.
Below is a statement from Essex Police issued last night;
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said:
“On behalf of Essex Police I want to offer the thoughts and prayers of the entire force to members of the public killed, injured or affected by the incident in London today.
We of course also join our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service in grief for the loss of a serving officer.
This has been declared a terrorist incident in London and is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.
In Essex tonight, and until further notice, there will be increased visible police patrol including additional armed officers and other specialist resources.
I urge the public to be alert but not alarmed. Police forces and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.
This is a time for communities in Essex to remain resilient, compassionate and supportive of each other. Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”
Below is a statement from the leader of Essex County Council David Finch also issued last night;
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone in Essex are with the families and friends of those killed or injured in today’s Westminster terrorist attack.
“Special praise is reserved for the brave police officer sadly killed in this afternoon’s disgraceful attack.
“We must remain strong and vigilant in the face of terror attacks. Those who pursue their aims through terror will never succeed.”