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Police consider letting medics into 'hot zones' after terror attacks

Police are considering allowing medics to enter dangerous 'hot zones' around major incidents like terrorist attacks.

Sadiq Khan told the London Assembly police were looking into whether changes can be made after the terrorist attack in Streatham.

Sudesh Amman grabbed a knife from a shop and attacked two people in Streatham.

London's Mayor said ambulances were on the scene in four minutes but they were not allowed into the so-called "hot zone" because of fears for their safety.

Mr Khan told the Police and Crime Committee that Scotland Yard was looking into whether medical experts could be allowed into hot zones to treat people more quickly.

I was in Streatham this weekend, six days after the terror attack. One of the concerns raised was the issue of the hot zone. This a decision taken whereby others can't come into the hot zone until we know it's no longer a danger. You will have seen the criticism around the 30 minutes before the ambulance were allowed to deal with those who were injured. They were there within four minutes but because of the hot zone the decision was taken not to jeopardise the safety of others by allowing them in. The Commissioner herself has said that she is looking into whether that can be changed to allow people who are medical experts to get to people injured far swifter.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Paramedics were also unable to reach victims of the London Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attacks in June 2017 due to a high security hot zone being in place, an inquest heard last year.