Reports Of 'Major Incident' On London Bridge
- Author: Jack Mann Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 6:30
The two acts are being treated as terrorism incidents, according to Metropolitan Police.
Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday.
A van has run over pedestrians and there have been stabbings resulting in "multiple" casualties on Saturday night in the London Bridge area in what police are treating as "terrorist incidents".
London Metropolitan Police also responded to a second incident in nearby Borough Market that appeared to be a stabbing. The van reportedly hit several people, and the witness said he then saw several bodies on the ground that were not moving.
Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the Labour Party, said on Twitter: "Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London".
One terrified woman said she was at a restaurant and police swarmed on the area. I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene. "Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these terrible events", May said.
A third incident was also reported near Vauxhall. Bus routes were being diverted and the neighbouring Southwark Bridge has also been shut.
It was the third terror attack to strike the United Kingdom this year, after a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March and the bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester two weeks ago. One told the BBC a white van veered off the road and struck as many as six people.
'And then we ran into the the kitchen, where there was a bunch of other people and a guy had been stabbed and he was cut and he was bleeding quite a lot'.
"So far we have had no reports of any Australians involved".
While at the Wheatsheaf pub, in Borough Market, three men with knives allegedly smashed the windows to target drinkers.
Two police boats are patrolling on the River Thames overnight, working to evacuate people as well as searching for possible victims who may have been knocked off or thrown off the bridge by the terrorists.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said USA president Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident by his national security team. We need the courts to give us back our rights.
The U.K. has already been reeling from the May 22 attack in Manchester at a Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people.
Police have issued security advice on Twitter to Londoners saying to "run, hide tell" if caught in an attack.