Thousands join vigil on Westminster Bridge a week after terror attack
Inquests have been opened into the deaths of four victims
31 March, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
People paid their respects after four people were killed and many were injured in the attack [Photo: Alexander Woolf]
THOUSANDS of people of all faiths joined police officers in a show of solidarity on Westminster Bridge – one week after the attacks by Khalid Masood.
The Met Police staged a minute’s silence at New Scotland Yard at 2.40pm on Wednesday to pay their respects.
Westminster’s borough commander Peter Ayling said: “I want to pay tribute to my brave officers, particularly those who serve the borough of Westminster, who ran towards danger.”
Inquests into the deaths of four victims – including police officer Keith Palmer, 48, were opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner’s Court by Dr Fiona Wilcox.
Aysha Frade was killed on the bridge during the attack
Khalid Masood, drove a Hyundai along the bridge towards the Palace of Westminster, mounting the pavement a number of times in what is believed to be a deliberate attempt to target pedestrians. He then entered parliament’s grounds and attacked PC Palmer.
Aysha Frade, 44, who worked at DLD college just south of the bridge, was among those killed. Her family released a statement this week praising a “caring daughter, loving sister, amazing wife, irreplaceable aunt, thoughtful, supportive friend and the best and coolest of mummies”.
Woman is rescued from the Thames
TWO people were reported to be in the Thames at Westminster Bridge on the day of the vigil.
Police responded to reports of a man, believed to be in his 20s, in the river at around 11.30am. Despite an extensive search with help from the London Fire Brigade who sent out their fire boat, they were unable to find him and the search was called off.
On the same day, a woman fell in the river near the south east corner of the bridge. She was rescued by the emergency services, treated by the London Ambulance Service and is being dealt with under the Mental Health Act.