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Terrorists 'will not defeat us', says Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd has declared that terrorists 'will not win' Credit: ITV News

Terrorists who carry out attacks like the one in Westminster "will not defeat us" and "will not win", Home Secretary Amber Rudd has declared.

Speaking at a candlelit vigil for victims of Wednesday's terror attack in central London Ms Rudd was defiant in her message to the gathered crowd, saying: "The terrorists will not defeat us, we will defeat them."

'No police officers under investigation' after attack

The IPCC is investigating the circumstances of the attack. Credit: PA

No police officers are under investigation following the Westminster terror attack, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed.

The IPCC is, however, "currently investigating the circumstances" in an independent investigation.

Deputy chair Sarah Green said: "The terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday was horrific and our thoughts are with all of those affected by it."

"It is important to stress that we are currently investigating the circumstances of the incident and no police officers are under investigation."

She added: "We are giving this investigation the highest priority and we will conclude it as soon as possible."

Met Police chief: We must 'stand together' after attack

The Met Police's Acting Commissioner Craig Mackey has told Londoners that while Wednesday's tragic terror attack on Westminster "cannot be done" it is now up to the public to "choose our reaction".

Speaking at a candlelit vigil for victims of the attack he urged that Londoners "must stand together" as they "move forward" from what happened.


Westminster attack: More details on arrests released

Hagley Road in Birmingham. Credit: ITV News

Scotland Yard has confirmed that eight people, three women and five men, have been arrested in London and Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts by detectives investigating the Westminster attack.

On Wednesday night, a 39-year-old woman was arrested in east London and a 21-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were arrested at an address in Birmingham.

At a separate address in Birmingham a 26-year-old woman and three men aged 26, 27 and 28-years-old were also arrested.

On Thursday morning, an eighth arrest was made of a 58-year-old man at another address in Birmingham.

The force added that officers are continuing to search a number of addresses linked to the investigation - one in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, three in Birmingham and one in east London.

Crowds gather at candlelit vigil to honour attack victims

People gathered on the steps in Trafalgar Square to pay their respects to the victims of the Westminster terror attack Credit: ITV News

Crowds of people have begun to gather in Trafalgar Square for a candlelit vigil in honour of the victims of the Westminster terror attack.

Many arrived for the vigil carrying banners with messages including 'love for all, hatred for none' and bearing floral tributes for those who died on Wednesday.

The vigil is meant to be an opportunity for people to gather together and show their solidarity in the wake of the attack Credit: ITV News
Shortly before the vigil began at 6pm the square was already filling up with thousands of people Credit: ITV News

Amber Rudd: 'Far too early' to say intelligence failed

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that the attack in London did not mean intelligence services had failed, saying it was "far too early" to understand the full picture of what happened and why.

Speaking to Julie Etchingham for a special edition of ITV's Tonight programme, Ms Rudd said: "This hasn't come as a complete surprise. We've been getting ready for this for a number of years."

She said that the attacker, Khalid Masood, was involved in a "historic" case, and therefore was not actively monitored.

"Intelligence services are working hard to put together the whole picture, but I would caution drawing conclusions yet," she added. "I would wait and see what comes forward from the intelligence that's going on now."

The Home Secretary refused to be drawn on what further information intelligence services had about the attacker, saying they were still investigating whether he was part of a network.

  • You can see more of this interview on 'Terror in London: A Tonight Special' at 7.30pm on ITV

Westminster attacker's neighbour: 'I cannot believe it'

Police activity in Winson Green, Birmingham. Credit: PA

A neighbour of the Westminster attacker has said she "could not believe her eyes" when she realised the man responsible had lived next door to her.

Iwona Romek, who lived near Khalid Masood in Birmingham, said she was surprised and now scared after finding out she had been living so close to the attacker.

"I am very surprised, I cannot believe it," she said. "When I saw him, I couldn't even see that he could do something like this.

"Now I'm scared that someone like that was living close to me."

"I see pictures of him lying injured and from that picture I can see it's him."

Ms Romek added that she had seen the 52-year-old with a child, aged between five and six years old, and a partner but that they had moved away around two to three months ago.

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