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Archbishop of Canterbury remembers Westminster terror attack victims at vigil

Archbishop of Canterbury remembers Westminster terror attack victims at vigil”

On March 22nd 2017, Khalid Masood drove a van into pedestrians on Westminster bridge before stabbing a police officer - PC Keith Palmer - who was guarding the Houses of Parliament.

PC Kris Aves, 35, who lives in Barnet, sustained a series of injuries including broken legs, an elbow injury and and numerous head injuries when he was mowed down by a speeding auto in a terror attack on Westminster, March 22 2017.

Speaking on the anniversary of the attack, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told The Independent that, while the United Kingdom now has an "incredible machine" to tackle terrorist threats, there was a "less hostile" environment that emboldened terrorists to carry out atrocities in 2017.

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has announced plans for the hashtag "LondonUnited" to be displayed at the locations targeted on the anniversaries of each attack, with the phrase projected onto the Houses of Parliament Thursday.

He then ran into the grounds of parliament and stabbed PC Keith Palmer before armed police stopped him.

In an emotional interview on BBC Breakfast, the MP - who gave PC Palmer mouth-to-mouth - said he had returned home to find his son in tears over what had happened.

He told LBC: "I was getting myself changed when the alarm went off, that there'd been a terrorist attack, there'd been a large explosion in the area of Portcullis House, Westminster Bridge, so I quickly pulled on all of my kit".

MP Tobias Ellwood standing amongst the emergency services in the aftermath of the London terror attack.

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PC Palmer was stabbed as he tried to stop terrorist Khalid Masood as he leapt out of the vehicle he used to ram pedestrians and attempted to storm Parliament.

In a statement released through Scotland Yard he said: "Keith loved being a police officer, he just wanted to help people and do his best".

Senior officers will attend private memorial services to mark the first anniversary of the atrocity. The Commons Speaker, John Bercow, asked members in the chamber to pause "in respectful memory" of those who died.

Theresa May lays a floral tribute outside parliament in London.

Twitter users have said their thoughts are with those who were affected by the attack a year ago, and also praised the bravery of the emergency services.

"We remember those who have lost their lives defending democracy".

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, and the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, will attend a commemorative event in Westminster Hall later on Thursday. A 3D installation of #LondonUnited will be located at City Hall, where the public will be able to pay their respects and sign a "digital book of hope".



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