Tweets From The UK Parliament Lockdown Are Chilling
Following separate incidences involving a suspect with a knife reported on the premises, and a car striking pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK Parliament is on lockdown. According to a statement from Scotland Yard to BBC, the attack on Westminster is being considered "a terrorist incident until we know otherwise."
Since the news first broke early Wednesday morning, it's been reported that the suspect with a knife allegedly stabbed a police officer on the Parliament premises. After gunshots were sounded, it's now also being reported that the alleged assailant has been shot by police.
Because this incident is still unfolding and not contained, it's hard to get a full idea of what's actually going on from just news reports. Despite the fact that there are tons of reporters already onsite, some of the most informative news in a public situation like this comes from Twitter. The people who are on the inside of the lockdown are the most key witnesses to the event. Their experience is not something that any reporter can account for at this point. So here's a round up of some tweets that have come in from people who are not only close to the incident, but having their own direct experience with it.
View Of The Scene
An Important Reminder
If you're in London please stay safe— Paul Noble (@PaulNoble95) March 22, 2017
Whatever happens, please don't fuel hateful prejudice. Wait for facts from credible sources #Parliment
Some People Reporting "Explosion"
At least dozen injured after shots fire in London outside of the Parliment place pic.twitter.com/emiCEM8qWC— Abdirazak Hayir (@cmxayir22) March 22, 2017
A Live Look
More Chaos On Periscope
Grim Coverage From The Bridge
MPs Tweeting Their Safety
There is an ongoing incident in parliament. I'm safe in the chamber with most colleagues and hope everyone outside is safe too.— Callum McCaig (@callum_mccaig) March 22, 2017
In lockdown following security incident at Westminster. Thoughts with police, security and emergency services outside. Thanks for messages.— Eilidh Whiteford (@EilidhWhiteford) March 22, 2017
The doorkeeping staff + police here have been very effective. I saw some of it unfold but was always kept safe until escorted back in. Grim— Drew Hendry MP (@drewhendrySNP) March 22, 2017
Thanks to all who texted to ask.— Barry Gardiner (@BarryGardiner) March 22, 2017
I and my staff are safe and currently under lock down.
Thanks to police & security for prompt response. pic.twitter.com/gGmI5sH7hO