Robert Harneis – TDO - A man drove a car along the pavement of Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians and then crashed into the railings of the parliament building on Wednesday afternoon. He then attacked a police officer with a knife before he was himself shot down by police. Police say the attacker was 'Asian'. They are treating the attack as terrorism.

A witness said that a car mowed down a number of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the gates outside Portcullis House. "I came out of Westminster tube station which was being locked down behind me [by police]. I was ushered onto Westminster Bridge and looked onto the west pavement of the bridge and literally north to south," Richard Tyse, a witness, told Sky News. "I must have counted 8-10 prostrate figures on the ground. I understand a car had driven along the pavement knocking people over and that's why many people were lying on the ground." He added: "The whole length of the bridge there were people on the ground."

At least one of the victims of the motorist is dead.

Parliament went into lock down and witnesses saw the Prime Minster Theresa May being hurried to her car surrounded by eight officers with drawn weapons. The whole central area of Westminster was closed off.

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