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MP ordered into lobby 'at gun point' by police officers

Police outside the Palace of Westminster. Credit: PA

Former cabinet minister Anna Soubry has told how she was "ordered" into the Parliament lobby "at gun point" by counter terrorist armed officers in what she described as a "terrifying" incident".

Meanwhile Steve McCabe, the Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, has tweeted this photo inside the Houses of Commons, where MPs are locked in the Chamber.

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Westminster attack: 'I saw police officer shoot man'

The Daily Mail's political editor witnessed the incident Credit: PA

An armed attacked near to the Houses of Parliament was shot more than once by a police officer in pursuit, according to an eyewitness.

Daily Mail political editor Jason Groves said he saw the incident from his office window.

Mr Groves said: "I heard a bang coming from Westminster Tube station, looked out the window, there's a commotion, armed cops were running, the crowd of people outside were running as if for their lives.

"A guy comes through the vehicle entrance wielding something, towards a copper, the copper tumbles.

"The man's running towards Westminster Hall, and then you've got a plain clothes copper comes running out.

"Not from the gate, but from the inside, shoots him once from maybe 10 or 15 yards away with a handgun, and then gets closer to him and shoots him again from over him and he doesn't get up."

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Scottish Parliament debate on independence suspended

The Scottish Parliament, which was discussing whether or not to have a second independence referendum, has announced that it is suspended after a terror incident at Parliament in London.

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People inside parliament told to stay away from windows

Hundreds of people still inside the Palace of Westminster are being told to stay away from windows, as they remain in lock-down.

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Palace gates shut after Westminster attack

Buckingham Palace declined to comment about its security arrangements in light of the terrorist incident and referred all inquiries to the Met Police.

But with the Royal Standard flying above the palace - indicating the Queen was in residence - it was clear some precautions had been taken as the gates, patrolled by armed police, had been closed.

ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship tweets:

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Emergency services pictured at the scene

Paramedics are at the scene after a 'firearms incident' outside Parliament.

The crashed car that witnesses said plowed into pedestrians can be seen on the pavement as paramedics treat people at the roadside.

Paramedics at the scene Credit: PA
Police cordon off the scene Credit: PA
Dozens of police cars at the scene Credit: PA
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London Ambulance Service: Don't call unless urgent

Police close to the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday afternoon. Credit: PA

London Ambulance Service has urged people to only call for an ambulance "in a genuine emergency" after a police officer was stabbed in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament.

In a statement, Pauline Cranmer, of London Ambulance Service, said: "We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident.

"We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London's Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

"We will issue more information when we have it."

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Donald Trump 'briefed on London situation'

President Trump has been 'briefed' on the situation in London Credit: AP

Donald Trump has been "briefed on the situation" in London, his press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted.

According to NBC, the President also told reporters: "I was just getting an update on London. Some big news having to do with London just happened".

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Witness: Car crashed then man stabbed policeman

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A witness has said he saw a man stab a policeman with a "big knife" in Westminster.

Rick Longley told the Press Association: "We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.

"They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.

"A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.

"I have never seen anything like that. I just can't believe what I just saw."

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