Youngsters from Balsall Common Primary School on visit to Westminster on day suspected terrorist attack takes place - The Coventry Observer

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Youngsters from Balsall Common Primary School on visit to Westminster on day suspected terrorist attack takes place

Chris Willmott 22nd Mar, 2017 Updated: 22nd Mar, 2017

YOUNGSTERS from Balsall Common Primary School were on a visit to Westminster as today’s suspected terrorist attack unfolded.

The Observer contacted the school to check on the safety of the pupils – but the school said it would not be commenting at this time.

Keep checking our website – www.solihullobserver.co.uk – for the very latest.

A police officer was stabbed and his attacker shot in the incident at the Houses of Parliament in which one woman died and several other people were injured.

The attacker ran over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge with a grey Hyundai i40 before crashing it into railings, then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster and stabbing the officer.

Witnesses said he was shot by police while brandishing a knife towards a second officer.

A junior doctor at nearby St Thomas’ hospital confirmed at least one female pedestrian had died.

There are currently no official figures for casualties, but police fear more than 10 people have been seriously injured.

Scotland Yard said the attack was being treated “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise”.

The House of Commons has been put in lockdown, with many MPs confined to the Commons chamber after parliamentary business was suspended.

Pupils from nearby Rugby High School had also been on a trip to Westminster today, but they are said to be safe and well and on their way home.

A Rugby High School spokesman said: “We had a group of students in Westminster today but they are on their way back.

“They are all well and safe.

“Our thoughts are with anyone still in London and involved in the incident.”

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