On Wednesday 22nd March, Khalid Masood accelerated his car on Westminster Bridge running civilians over, leaving them with life threatening conditions in hospital; Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes both died, alongside a 75 year old man. The car headed towards the direction of parliament, eventually crashing into the gates and being ditched there. Masood, then escaped from the car and headed towards parliament, armed with a knife, he was stopped by police, one of which was PC Keith Palmer. Mr Palmer was not armed but did have a protective layer of clothing, despite this he was still stabbed and later died from the injuries he suffered. Team GB’s boxing coach and MP Tobias Ellwood, leaped over to provide aid in an attempt to save Palmer, Mr Ellwood even attempted to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, with hopes of his survival.
Khalid Masood, was 52 years old born in Kent, it is believed that he moved to the West Midlands. Masood’s birth name was ‘Adrian Russell Elms’ however later changed to his current, as he converted to Islam. Previously, he had been under surveillance by security forces for offences such as carrying a knife, however none of those were terror related, leaving no suspicion of such a crime he would commit. In order to commit the attack, he rented a car, leaving his occupation as ‘teacher’, even though the department of education had no records showing that he was a teacher in England, but he did teach English as a second language in Saudi Arabia.
PC Keith Palmer was 48 years old at the time of his death, providing the country with 15 years of service and married with a five year old daughter. Aysha Frade, 43 years old with 2 young daughters, was an administrator at DLD College in London, who was killed as the car hit her just before it crashed into parliament. Kurt Cochran was a tourist from Utah, who came to London to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife Melissa, who survived the attack but was seriously injured. The final victim was a 75 year old pensioner Leslie Rhodes, he had previously been recovering from a medical treatment, but the attack worsened the situation and eventually his life support was turned off just a day after the tragic event. The attack left 50 people from 12 different countries injured, with 31 of them requiring hospital treatment. Three police officers were also injured as they were walking back from a commendation ceremony across the bridge. A Romanian tourist, who has been named by the Romanian embassy as ‘Andreea Cristea’ had fell of the bridge, as a result of the attack being severely injured.
“Severe”, has been used to describe the UK terror level, which could mean that the chance of another attack is high, therefore Londoners are too remain cautious and report any suspicious sightings. The disaster that occurred on Wednesday is being dealt with by, “near double strength”; of the police force said by Mr Rowley and additionally “up to a third” more of armed officers are on duty around the UK. Rowley added, "Our current arrangements have been developed with Parliament over many years and are designed to provide access to the seat of our government, balanced carefully with security that is proportionate but not overly intrusive” Also mentioning, “Of course, after an incident like this, as would be expected, my team will work with parliamentary authorities to assess whether a different tone or balance is necessary”.