LONDON ATTACK: ‘I heard someone shouting get away from the window’ — South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon recalls incident at Westminster

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

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South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon says he and his staff are safe in Parliament after this afternoon’s attack at Westminster.

Mr Bacon said he is currently in lock down with another 250 MPs in the Houses of Commons Chamber, taking advice from security services and the police.

It is a reminder that the security and police are out there for a reason, and this place (Westminster) is a target for people who hate democracy

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon

Reports suggest at least two people may have been killed in the incident, though police say they are currently unable to confirm the full number of casualties.

“I had just come through the lobby in order to vote and I heard someone shouting ‘get away from the window’,” he said.

“Obviously when someone tells you to get away from the window, you think there is a problem outside but we weren’t to know what was happening.

“It seems very distressful for those caught up in the incident outside.

“Everyone is very calm.

“It is a reminder that the security and police are out there for a reason, and this place (Westminster) is a target for people who hate democracy.”

Mr Bacon praised the response of security and police at the scene.

“These people put their lives on the front line every time they put on their uniform,” he said.

“There is a reason why police have flak jackets and carry guns. It is very sad we live in a world where these things are necessary.”

Within the last few minutes, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said: “My thoughts are very much with the family and friends of all those affected by today’s incident in Westminster.

“Praise must be given to the emergency services for their swift response and for the incredible bravery shown by police officers.”