Fear on London streets following terror attack

Fear on London streets following terror attack
Emergency personnel on Westminster Bridge. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

CORK people living in London have described a pervading sense of fear and trepidation in the wake of a devastating terror attack in the city.

At around 2:40pm yesterday, a man driving a sports utility vehicle indiscriminately mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. 

He then made his way to the nearby British Parliament and stabbed a police officer before being shot and killed.

It is not thought that any Irish people were among the five killed and around 30 injured by the attack, though expats later described the horror of what the city has now seen.

Former Evening Echo reporter Liz Dunphy was in London when the incident unfolded.

She said the current mood in the city is a tense one, describing a heightened police presence, low flying helicopters searching the area, and a fear of further attack.

“The whole area of Westminster is always so well policed, it just proves that nowhere can ever be completely secure when hate and fear exist,” said the Carrigaline woman.

“This recent attack is bound to increase overall anxiety in the city, especially when in crowded, iconic places or on the underground at rush hour.” 

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cork City Councillor John Buttimer was also in London yesterday. He said he was in the Westminster area only an hour before the attack took place.

The Bishopstown man said there were huge crowds walking the streets in the hours after the attack because of tube and road closures.

Cllr Buttimer left London late last night, calling it a “tragic day” for the “resilient” city of London and it's people.

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