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Cumbrian trader caught up in Westminster terror alert

MP Trudy Harrison was hosting Daphne Eddington at Parliament Credit: PA

A Cumbrian woman was caught up in yesterday’s terror attack when she visited Parliament to receive an award for her work following Storm Desmond.

Daphne Eddington who runs the village shop in Braithwaite was there to receive a Countryside Alliance award as a 'Rural Hero'.

Daphne Eddington (holding champagne bottle) receiving her award from Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Environment. Credit: Countryside Alliance

After receiving the award she was enjoying lunch with her husband and daughter and the Copeland MP Trudy Harrison in the Terrace Restaurant when they noticed the blue lights on Westminster Bridge through the glass doors.

Within moments security staff and armed police officers came into the restaurant ordering them to run to the central lobby.

The family had to remain there with hundreds of others for around five hours while Parliament was in lockdown.

Daphne runs the Braithwaite Village Shop which she managed to reopen just six months after being flooded out during Storm Desmond. The shop has been flooded a number of times.

Newly elected Copeland MP Trudy Harrison told ITV Border of her sadness for the families of the injured and killed.

We looked through the glass door and could see blue lights on the bridge. Within seconds the police rushed through and began urging us to run to the central lobby. My immediate thought was that it was a bomb scare but by the urgent nature of the police, we knew it was very serious. My overwhelming thought is for the families who'll never be the same again and grateful that I'm able to return home to my family today. The Prime Minister's statement last night said that we should not be defeated and work is continuing as normal, but it doesn't stop that feeling of loss and grief for the families involved.

– Copeland MP Trudy Harrison

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