Today's headlines: What we now know about Westminster attack

  1. This is the police officer, husband and father who was killed in the terror attack in Westminster yesterday. PC Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed by a man armed with two large knives inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament. Aysha Frade, who was in her mid 40s and worked in a college nearby, also died.

  2. Altogether four people were killed and 40 injured. Two are thought to have died when the attacker ploughed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into a railing. One woman was reportedly pulled from the River Thames later on, seriously injured but alive. Two police officers were also hit by the vehicle and remain in a "serious" condition in hospital.

  3. The attacker has been identified but not named but police have said he was "inspired by international terrorism". Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has described the attack as "sick and depraved".

  4. Counter-terrorism officers are investigating how the events were able to unfold, with Scotland Yard's top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley telling reporters: "We are looking for associates."

  5. A group of French schoolchildren from the western Brittany region were caught up in the attack. Three were injured. On Wednesday evening, French President Francois Hollande said a plane is set to fly to London to bring the families of the students to their loved ones.

BREAKING: Four people killed outside Parliament

Four people have been killed and 40 injured in an attack outside Parliament in what police are treating as a terror incident.

The assailant was shot dead soon after stabbing a police officer, who according to sources died at the scene after receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

A woman in her 40s and a man in his 50s were also killed after a car collided with pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings close to the entrance of Parliament. A number of other people are said to have been left with "catastrophic" injuries, with a seriously injured woman pulled from the River Thames.

Press Association have released an image of a man thought to be the attacker on a stretcher

Credit: PA

On Wednesday afternoon The Commons were kept in lockdown amid reports of "further incidents in the vicinity" after gunfire was heard.

According to eyewitnesses, a man with a knife charged through the gates into the front yard of the Palace

Police say the incident is being treated as a "terrorist incident until we know otherwise".

The mother and son who became father and daughter

I don't believe to be mum you have to be necessarily female

– Eric Maison

Corey Maison was born a boy but at just the age of 11 knew she wanted to become a girl - and little did she know back then that the documentary she watched that made her come to her realisation had also made her mother Erica identify as transgender.

Erica, now known as Eric, supported Corey throughout her transformation before later revealing he had always identified as male. "When I did realise I decided to put that on the back burner and focus only on my child," he told us this morning.

Formerly mother and son, the pair are now father and daughter - although Eric's children still call him Mom ("it's just a word") - and they're believed to be the world's first ever transgendered parent and child.

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Airline passengers travelling to the UK from six countries in the Middle East and North Africa are to be banned from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices as cabin luggage, Downing Street has announced. The ban affects direct inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia and covers devices which are larger than a typical smartphone measuring 16cm by 9.3cm by 1.5cm, which will now have to go in the plane's hold.

  2. Women who have taken the contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as 30 years, according to new research. Those who have used the pill are less likely to have bowel cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer than women who had never taken it, a study at the University of Aberdeen found.

  3. MSPs vote on whether to seek a section 30 order from the UK government, which would be needed to make any referendum legally binding. The parliament currently has a pro-independence majority, with the Scottish Greens pledging to support the minority SNP government in the crucial vote.

  4. Ceremonies are being held to commemorate the attacks that plunged Belgium into mourning on March 22nd last year. Two coordinated suicide bombings occurred at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. The King and Queen of Belgium will take part in the morning's events.

  5. Having won a competition of a lifetime to venture into space, mental health campaigner Hussain Manawer has set his sights on another big challenge. He has attempted and broken the Guinness World Records for holding the world's largest mental health awareness lesson at a single venue, Hackney Empire, where he hosted the lesson in front of 500 students from 15 schools. The lesson spanned 60 minutes and aimed to provide vital information on mental health to youngsters.

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dies, aged 86

Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter has died at the age of 86.

He passed away this morning at his home in Oxford, his publisher Macmillan has said.

His infamous crime series saw his protagonist investigate cases alongside his deputy Sergeant Lewis. The characters went on to be immortalised on television, played by John Thaw and Kevin Whateley.

Reaction to the death of Martin McGuinness

Lord Norman Tebbit, George Galloway, Yvette Cooper and Iain Duncan Smith today spoke to us about the death of former IRA commander turned peace maker Martin McGuinness.

There will be a great sadness in Ireland

– George Galloway

Conservative Peer Lord Norman Tebbit, whose wife was left seriously injured after the 1984 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton, said: “The world is now a sweeter and cleaner place.”