There are reports that shots have been fired close to the Houses of Parliament in central London.
These have been confirmed by some politicians and journalists who have tweeted about hearing loud bangs outside the parliament buildings. According to a tweet from Tom Peck, political editor of the Independent, “There was a loud bang. Screams. Commotion. Then the sound of gunshots. Armed police everywhere.”
Some eyewitnesses have confirmed that they saw people being treated for injuries and also report seeing a man with a knife on the parliament grounds.
Scotland Yard has confirmed it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.
Westminster underground station has been shut at the police’s request according to Transport for London.
Latest reports confirm that a police officer died at the scene and another woman was also killed. The assailant is reported to have also been shot by the police. The situation has been described as a ‘terrorist attack’ by the police.