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Prime Minister praises courage of Bournemouth MP, Tobias Ellwood

There have been calls for the Bournemouth East MP, Tobias Ellwood, to be honoured for what the Prime Minister described as his "extraordinary" bravery.

The Conservative MP and former soldier battled to try to save the life of PC Keith Palmer. It is not the first time Mr Ellwood's life has been touched by an atrocity. His brother, Jonathan, was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing.

Sally Simmonds reports.


TERROR ATTACK: Police name Kent born Khalid Masood

Police have named the man responsible for the terror attack in London as Khalid Masood.

Masood, 52, was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands.

The Met Police confirmed that he was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.

He was, however, known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.

His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife.

He has not been convicted for any terrorism offences.

Police forces around the region; be alert not alarmed

As the country joins together after the terror attack in London yesterday, police forces in our region tell residents to be alert but not alarmed.

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“Our thoughts are with anyone affected by yesterday’s events in London and our condolences are with the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives, including a serving police officer. Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that our local communities and businesses are both well prepared and protected. We would like to reassure the public that there is no specific threat to Dorset."

– Chief Superintendent Colin Searle, of Dorset Police
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"There is currently no specific intelligence to indicate an immediate threat to any locations within the UK, including Hampshire or the Isle of Wight. We have also reviewed all pre-planned events taking place in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the coming days, as is normal procedure, to ensure all plans are up-to-date. At this time we are satisfied our plans are robust but we will continue to review the situation and follow any national guidance."

– Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney
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Surrey Police continues to review its officer deployments following the horrific attacks in London yesterday, however we were already operating at a heightened state of security against a severe threat level which has been in place since 2014, and this level continues.

Our policing tactics and security measures are constantly reviewed and we, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep our county and the wider country as safe as possible.

Terror Attack: how will the police evolve?

Dr Tom Smith, Lecturer in International Relations for the University of Portsmouth explains how police may change following the recent attack in London.


Increased security on mosques advised after terror attack

Following yesterdays attacks, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation has warned mosques to increase security and be aware of vigilante attacks.

Mr Mohammed Shafiq has said that there have been letters sent to over 1500 mosques and islamic centres, asking them to speak to local police and ensure the safety of their worshippers.

Paying tribute to PC Keith Palmer who was killed in the line of duty yesterday, Mr Shafiq offers his prayers to his family.

He believes that the coming days will be difficult for British Muslims as after such atrocities mosques could be targeted as acts of Muslim hatred.

"The terrorists aim to divide communities as British citizens, we will continue to work to bring people together and defeat the ideology of violence."

– Mr Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation

Westminister attack: MP Tobias Ellwood hailed a hero

Prime Minister has praised the actions of the foreign minister Tobias Ellwood.

In her statement at commons she said that the Member for Bournemouth East showed an extraordinary effort to save PC Keith Palmer.

She also praised the police, saying that although we saw the worst of humanity yesterday, we also saw the best.

Our region shows solidarity against terror

Words of solidarity against yesterday's terror attack have flooded twitter.

Under the hashtag #WeStandTogether people are showing their support for those affected by what happened in Westminster.

Tributes paid across the region with a minute's silence


A minute’s silence was observed this morning in Whitehall and at Scotland Yard to pay respect the victims of yesterday’s attacks.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, is to make a statement in the House of Commons on the attacks at 10.30am, following the conclusion of Questions to the Department of International Trade

The Union flag flies at half mast over Parliament today.


Hastings Borough Council also paid their respects and observed the one minute silence.

Deputy mayor Cllr Nigel Sinden, conservative leader Cllr Rob Lee and Hastings Borough Council’s director corporate service Jane Hartnell lead the one minute silence in Queens Square, Hastings.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro joined Surrey Police officers and staff in a minute’s silence at the Force’s Mount Browne HQ in Guildford this morning to pay respect to the victims, those injured and those affected.

"I am deeply shocked and saddened by yesterday's terrible attack in Westminster and my thoughts remain with all those who have been affected. We must continue to work together to defeat terrorism and those who seek to create fear and disharmony in our communities.”

– PCC David Munro

Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon has praised the police for working hard to get to the bottom of what happened.

She will be walking across Westminster Bridge to pay her respects to those so sadly killed and injured.

“Like many, I remain very shocked by what happened as I was only seconds from the attacker and I heard the gunshots. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured - they were innocent people going about their lives."

– Caroline Ansell
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