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An eyewitness has described his experience after the Westminster terror attack yesterday. Steve Voake from Somerset was visiting his daughter in London.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees has offered his support to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
This follows a terror attack in Westminster in which 4 people were killed, including the assailant.
Mayor Rees told ITV News that Bristol Council's Resilience Group will be meeting this afternoon to review its security procedures.
Devon and Cornwall Police has increased the number of patrols, which include several armed officers, following the terrorist attack in London.
While there are no specific threats to the region, the force is urging people to remain alert and vigilant.
The threat level for the country remains severe.
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “The events in London are a timely reminder of the need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity you may see."
"Although we have no information to suggest any specific risk to Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, I would ask the public to keep alert and not alarmed, and to support us in keeping our region safe."
"The impact of yesterday’s events will be felt for some time and our condolences go to the families of the police officer and members of the public who have died and been seriously injured as a result of the attack."
“Local people may see some increased patrols locally and might also see a more overt armed presence from officers. I’d ask the public not to be fearful of this, but to feel more secure that steps are being taken to ensure their safety."
"Everything possible is being done to ensure public safety at this difficult time.”
The West Country fell silent for a minute this morning to pay tribute to the policeman and two pedestrians who lost their lives in the terror attack on Westminster yesterday.
The Met Office in Exeter was just one the locations across the region which held a tribute.
A candlelit vigil will take place in London at Trafalgar Square this evening.
At Prime Ministers Questions, Dorset MP Richard Drax said terrorism would not destroy our way of life:
A group of schoolchildren caught up in the London terror attack sat in the Houses of Parliament and sang as chaos ensued around them.
53 year six pupils from St John and St Francis School in Bridgwater, Somerset, were on a trip to the Palace of Westminster when the news broke.
When Parliament went into lockdown they were told they couldn't leave - so started singing.
The school said the pupils are aged 10 and 11 and were waiting inside Parliament's Education Unit.
A spokeswoman said: "It is the safest place they could possibly be. They have no idea how long they will be there."
Latest ITV News reports
A group of 53 pupils were visiting the Houses of Parliament when an attacker mowed down a number of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
'In Avon and Somerset we stand shoulder to shoulder with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service and the communities we serve.'