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Thousands raised for killed Pc Keith Palmer's family

The fundraising appeal set up by Metropolitan Police Federation has a target amount of £100,000. Credit: JustGiving

More than £25,000 has been raised online for the family of police officer Keith Palmer, who was killed in the Westminster attack.

The JustGiving appeal, set up by the Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF) was launched on Thursday morning.

The 48-year-old was fatally stabbed outside at the Houses of Parliament by an attacker on Wednesday.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the MPF, said there had been a huge number of members who wanted to help.

"That's why we are doing it, because of the overwhelming amount of our colleagues asking for it," he said.

Stephen Redgewell, who set up the page, said: "It is heart warming to see the messages that have been posted and those that have chosen not to post a message, the gift alone speaks a thousand words."

Several other Just Giving pages have also been set up to help Pc Palmer's family.

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Charlton Athletic honour 'loyal' fan Pc Keith Palmer

Charlton Athletic have paid tribute to "loyal" fan Pc Keith Palmer, a season ticket holder at the football club, who died in Wednesday's terror attack.

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On Twitter, the League One side said that a red and white scarf had been placed on Pc Palmer's regular seat in tribute, which will remain in place until the Addicks' next home fixture on Tuesday.

In a separate statement, the club said: "It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the tragic news of the death of Pc Keith Palmer, a loyal Charlton supporter and season-ticket holder.

"Keith was a familiar face at The Valley to many supporters and sat in his same East Stand seat for many years."

It added: "Keith was a true hero who will be greatly missed by all the Charlton family and everyone at the club would like to offer their sincere condolences to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Police patrol river next to Parliament in wake of attack

The Houses of Parliament on the north bank of the River Thames.

Police boats have been patrolling the River Thames by the Houses of Parliament in the wake of Wednesday's terror attack.

Security has been stepped up across the capital after the attack in which four people were killed, including the assailant.

Police have been patrolling the waters beside the Houses of Parliament.

Queen's message of sympathy to victims of 'awful violence'

The Queen has said her "thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy" are with all those who have been affected by yesterday's "awful violence".

The monarch was at Buckingham Palace as the attack took place and a few hours later had her weekly meeting with the Prime Minister, where it is likely she was updated in person about the incident.

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MP pays emotional tribute to 'friend' Pc Keith Palmer

Conservative MP James Cleverly has paid an emotional tribute to his friend Pc Keith Palmer, telling the Commons he was a "strong, professional public servant".

The Braintree MP said it was a "delight" to meet Pc Palmer again when he was elected to Parliament, and called for him to receive a "posthumous recognition".

Mr Cleverly said his "heart went out" to all those injured.

On Wednesday Mr Cleverly revealed that he served with Pc Palmer in the Royal Artillery.

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Responding to Mr Cleverly, the Prime Minister said: "I thank him for the obvious, not just compassion, but passion with which he has spoken about an individual he knew, and he bears witness to the tremendous public service that Keith Palmer had given this country in so many ways.

"Having served in our armed forces and then come here to this place and paid the ultimate sacrifice here at the heart of our democracy, I can assure (Mr Cleverly) that the issue that he's raised is of course one that will be considered in due course."

'Our hearts are with you': Floral tributes left after Westminster attack

Flowers and messages have been left near the scene in Westminster.

Floral tributes have been laid near the scene of Wednesday's terror attack in Westminster.

Three people were killed when an attacker mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. He then fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer at the Houses of Parliament.

The assailant was shot dead by police.

A card left in tribute to Pc Keith Palmer.

Eight people have been arrested and addresses raided in London, Birmingham and elsewhere in connection with the attack.

One message said: 'We are not afraid, our hearts are with you'.

Forensics officers search outside Parliament

Forensics officers line up to begin their search. Credit: APTN

Forensics officers are searching outside the Houses of Parliament at the point where Pc Keith Palmer confronted the assailant in Wednesday's terror attack.

Pc Palmer was stabbed and the attacker was shot. Both died of their injuries.

As well as searching the ground, forensics officers also searched an ambulance which left the Parliamentary compound.

Forensics officers search an ambulance. Credit: APTN

Ex-neighbour 'devastated' to learn of Aysha Frade's death

A former neighbour of Aysha Frade, who was killed on Westminster Bridge in Wednesday's terror attack, has described her shock at her death.

Patricia Scotland told ITV News she had lived next door to the Mrs Frade's "lovely" family for many years.

"I was shocked to know if was my ex-neighbour and I've just been in this state ever since."

"All I can say is my deepest condolences to the family and my thoughts are with them at this terrible time."

She added: "I'm in shock, lovely family, you couldn't ask for better neighbours."

Ms Scotland also said Ms Frade was a "lovely mother and a lovely wife," adding: "She was just a lovely person."

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