On Wednesday, following the incident involving a knife-wielding man and a car mowing down pedestrians in the area surrounding the British Parliament, the Metropolitan Police released a statement saying: “Incident in Westminster: We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” At least one person has been reported dead.
It incident was initially being called a “firearms incident” after there were reports of multiple shots fired.
“We were called at approx 2:40pm to reports of an incident at #Westminster Bridge. Being treated as a firearms incident – police on scene,” the Metropolitan Police tweeted less than an hour before saying it would be treated as a terrorist incident.
Metropolitan Police are also asking individuals to turn in any photo evidence or video footage of the incident to authorities.
“If you have photos or film of the incident in #Westminster please make sure you pass them to police http://www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk ,” they tweeted.
Police also asked people to use common sense when circulating images.
“Please use common sense and restraint in circulating pictures and videos of those that have been injured during the incident in
#Westminster,” they requested.
London Ambulance Service released a statement with the latest updates at 3:40 PM local time. From the London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer:
“We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident, with the first crew arriving within six minutes.
“We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.
“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene, with our priority being to ensure patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible.
“We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.
“As we are very busy dealing with this incident, we would ask the public to only call us in a genuine emergency.”