LIVE: Reaction to Westminster terrorist attacks

After what was a dark day for Britain and the capital in particular, unbowed and determined, the people of London have begun to go about their lives after yesterday’s fatal terrorist attack on Westminster.

Yorkshire Voice’s @AlexMiller91 will be here throughout the day presenting the latest news and views after the attack.

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– Four people have died, including a policeman and the attacker.
– Policeman known to be 48-year-old PC Keith Palmer. He was a husband and father.
– Another victim named as Aysha Frade, 43, who worked as a teacher in London.
– A third victim has been identified as Kurt Cochran, an 53 year old American tourist and keen musician.
– Police have confirmed they believe they know the identity of the attacker.
– Police have made eight arrests after searching six houses across the country.
– 29 other people have been treated in hospital, even of whom remain in a critical condition.
– Investigators believe the attacker was a British national, and that he was investigated ‘many years ago’ by MI5.


Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds residents have described feelings of gratitude and sadness as police ‘beefed up’ their city centre presence by deploying armed officers.


EXCLUSIVE: A Leeds woman has told Yorkshire Voice of the panic within Parliamentary walls as events unfolded yesterday afternoon.

Annabel Pryke, a 24 year old senior parliamentary researcher from Ilkley, said how police shouted for her to “lock the doors and get away from the window” after shots were fired.

“We heard unconfirmed reports that there was a second attacker and that we had to remain on lockdown whilst the police searched the palace. They turned out to be false but you can imagine how scary that was.”

““I have seen that Fox News have said that one man shut down London. He did not, and we carry on, unafraid but indebted to those that gave their lives.”

Read the full story HERE.


CONFIRMED: The three victims of yesterday’s Westminster terror attack are named as; PC Keith Palmer, 48, Aysha Frade, 43, and American national Kurt Cochrane, 54.

The news comes after Theresa May confirmed this morning that the injured came from 11 countries, and that they included a German, a Pole, a Chinese national, four South Koreans, three French children, the two Romanian tourists, an Irish citizen, an Italian and a Greek couple.


The third named victim of the Westminster terror attack was on the last day of a trip to celebrate his 25th anniversary, it has been revealed.

Kurt Cochran, an American, was walking along Westminster Bridge with his wife Melissa when they were struck by the terrorist’s vehicle. Melissa remains in hospital.

It is thought that the couple would have returned home to the US today.


BREAKING: An arrest has been made in Antwerp, Belgium after a vehicle loaded with ‘suspicious objects’ was driven through a heavily populated shopping area at high speed.

The Belgian Federal Prosecutor has confirmed the suspect is a 39-year-old French national living in France.

There is no evidence the incident is in any way linked to those in Westminster.


West Yorkshire policemen and women are “constantly thinking about Kieth Palmer today”, according to chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, Nick Smart

Mr Smart told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Up and down the country there is a very sombre feeling this morning. They will be putting on their uniforms and doing their jobs but they will be constantly thinking about Keith Palmer, his family and their sacrifice.”

You can read the full article HERE.


The wife of American tourist Kurt Cochran, the third named victim of yesterday’s terror attack on Westminster, is believed to be one of the people recovering in hospital.


BREAKING: A third victim of yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster has been confirmed as American tourist Kurt Cochran, who appears to have been travelling around Europe.


Yorkshire Voice has spoken to a Parliamentary staff member who has described the sense of panic within the building yesterday.

More soon on the Yorkshire Voice website.


Our man Matthew Brennan is in the city centre of Leeds and has described a ‘reassuring’ atmosphere of calm there.


Armed police have been stationed in Leeds city centre today as a precautionary measure following yesterday’s terror attacks in Westminster.

Our man Matthew Brannen (@MrMJBrannen) is in the city centre. More when we have it.


CONFIRMED: The so-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack through their Aaamaq media outlet, saying they ‘inspired’ the attacks.


Reuters News Agency are reporting that ISIS are claiming responsibility for the attack.


Sheffield City Council have opened a book of condolence for victims of the attacks at the Town Hall.



West Yorkshire Fire Service have lowered their flag to half mast in respect of those lost in the attacks yesterday.


Speaking to Radio 4 Today, husband of murdered Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox has paid a heartfelt tribute to the victims of yesterday’s attacks.

Talking about the need for the events to bring society closer together rather than blow it apart, he said:

“We have to remember that did this is no more representative of British Muslims than the person that killed Jo is representative of people from Yorkshire.”


Prime Minister Theresa May reiterates the message: “We are not afraid”.


The hashtag #WeAreNotAfraid has been trending across social media as a show of defiance by Londoners.


A group of around 40 Sheffield University students were locked inside Parliament during the attack.


The full Yorkshire Evening Post story can be read HERE.


Late last night, Leeds Mosque Imam Qari Asim said in an official statement:

“The aim of terrorist attacks such as these is to divide communities and incite hatred amongst people of different beliefs and backgrounds. We have already seen vile opportunists using the victims of the Westminster terrorist attack to spread anti-Muslim hatred. I urge communities to remain united and even more determined to eradicate all forms of terrorism.”

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives at Westminster and express full solidarity with the victims of the terror attack. I convey my sincere condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.”


James Cleverly MP, a long time friend of PC Keith Palmer, is giving an emotional speech to the Commons.

You can watch the Parliamentary live stream below.


Shipley MP Philip Davies pays tribute to the police’s efforts, and asks the Prime Minister to ensure the relevant resources are always available to the police forces.


MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Yvette Cooper pays tribute to PC Kieth Palmer, as well as the people of London.

“Terrorism will never win.”


Ed Miliband Statement:

Doncaster MP and former leader of the opposition Ed Miliband spoke earlier to join Tim Farron in commending the Prime Minister’s leadership yesterday.


Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers opens up a question about whether more police officers should be armed.

The Prime Minister describes the debate as “an operational matter for the police”.


Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP begins his statement by commending the Prime Minister’s handling of the situation yesterday.

You can follow the latest happenings within the Commons below.


West Yorkshire Police Statement:

The Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Russ Foster has promised an “uplift in in the capability of armed response vehicles” in Leeds following yesterday’s attack on Westminster.

He said: “The public will see an enhanced policing presence across West Yorkshire as the UK police together with security and intelligence services are working around the clock to help keep communities safe. This will include increased visibility of uniformed officers and an uplift in the capability of armed response vehicles”.

You can read the official statement HERE.


A reminder of the statement made by Speaker John Bercow.


Shadow leader Jeremy Corbyn, clearly emotional, is making a statement.

You can watch it LIVE on the Parliamentary TV Live Stream below:


May pays a special tribute to Tobias Elwood MP, who rushed to the aid of PC Kieth Palmer after the attack. Elwood watches on from the periphery of the Commons.


Theresa May confirms the attacker was British born and that he had been investigated by MI5 regarding terrorist activity ‘many years ago’. He was not regarded as ‘part of the present picture’ of threats to the country.

You can follow the PM’s statement below:


May: “PC Kieth Palmer was every inch a hero, and his actions will never be forgotten.”


Speaker John Bercow pays a passionate tribute to PC Kieth Palmer and the police forces that ‘serve to protect us’.

“Our hearts go out to all those directly and indirectly touched by the events of yesterday.”

Prime Minister Theresa May is making a statement and confirms that the injured come from countries all over the globe.

You can follow the Parliamentary Live Stream HERE.



The Prime Minister is expected to make a statement about the attacks imminently. You can follow the Parliamentary live stream HERE.


Leeds fell silent with the rest of the country earlier to mark a minute’s silence in respects of those lost.

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