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The average age for allowing children to ‘play out’ alone is nearly 10.5 years - although parents with girls are more likely to let them play out alone at a slightly younger age than those with boys - a survey has revealed.

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This comes despite admissions from parents that the average age they played out alone as children was seven and a half years old and some were as young as five years old.

Stranger danger and abduction was cited as the biggest concern with almost 50 per cent saying it is their top fear, according to the poll from from www.familiesonline.co.uk.

This was closely followed by worries about child safety crossing roads, which concerned 41 per cent of parents. The fear of abduction and stranger danger was also greater in parents with girls, whereas parents with boys were more likely to worry about road safety.

Faye Mingo, marketing director at Families, said: “The question of when is too young to play out alone is a continued debate amongst parents today and for good reason. We all remember playing out alone from a much younger age as children ourselves and it seemed a completely ordinary thing to do, but years later, we find ourselves as parents in the connected world of 2017 and we are certainly much more aware of the risks on our doorstep.

“The question is, when do we let go? We want to instil independence and confidence in our children, but we want to keep them safe too.”

The findings also showed increased anxiety for parents in rural areas in comparison to more urban locations in relation to exposure to strangers, yet the study revealed parents who live in rural areas are more likely to allow their child to play outside alone from a younger age.

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, pointed to a recent study that showed that high school children often have the road safety skills of five year olds in the 1970s.

She said: “However, we are being overprotective. The underlying problem is that parents are undermining the competence of their children, which means that they roam less far than they would have done in the past.”

Edinburgh Council last week launched a trial scheme to help parents close streets to traffic for their children to play outside over the summer months. Families can close a road for play up to five times between April and August, free of charge.

Ms Hunter Blair said that parents were turning to organised events and activities such as the Girl Guides, to provide “risky but supervised” experiences for their children that they otherwise may have had for themselves.

She said: “The Girl Guides have a huge waiting list as parents want children to enjoy outdoor “risky” experiences such as building a fire, but under supervision. You can understand where the fears come from, but how do we break it?”

Other concerns cited by parents about letting children out alone were fears about bullies, where their offspring were going to play, who they are with and whether what they are doing will get them into trouble.

The poll also found that traditional games such as tag and hopscotch were top of a list of activities enjoyed by modern youngsters when playing outside.

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The digital technology workforce in Scotland could rise to 150,000 by 2021 as ministers place the sector at the centre of the country’s economic future.

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Finance Minister Derek Mackay pledged to ensure the whole of the country had superfast broadband within the next five years as he unveiled the Scottish Government’s new digital strategy yesterday.

Digital will be “at the heart of everything” Holyrood does, from reforming public services to delivering economic growth.

But official figures released as part of the report suggest bridging the connectivity gap between urban and rural areas remains a challenge, with the difference in internet speeds steadily widening.

Mackay visited Glasgow yesterday to confirm plans that every premises north of the border would be able to access broadband speeds of at least 30Mbps within four years.

There has been a steady increase in the percentage of premises where next generation broadband access is available, from 41 per cent in 2011 to 88 per cent in 2016.

4G coverage has steadily increased, with 92 per cent of premises having outdoor 4G mobile coverage from at least one national mobile network operator and 58 per cent having outdoor coverage from all four 4G networks.

But rural communities remain worse off. While average broadband speeds have increased in both urban and rural areas over time, but the gap between the areas has widened and stands at 24 Mbits/s in 2016.

The percentage of Scots using the internet for personal use has increased over time, from 63 per cent in 2007 to 82 per cent in 2015 - but use is strongly linked to age and income.

But less than a third of people aged 75 and older used the internet in 2015, compared to 97 per cent of 16-24 year-olds.

The gap in internet usage between the lowest and highest income brackets has decreased from 58 per cent in 2007 to 21 per cent in 2015.

“Digital is transforming the way we live. It is connecting us faster than ever before while putting more power into the hands of service users. There is a huge opportunity here and now to ensure that people, businesses and organisations across Scotland, are given the tools and skills they need to harness this potential.

“Our vision is for Scotland to become even more digitally competitive and attractive. By developing our existing workforce and increasing our digital capabilities across society and the business community, we will ensure that our citizens have the opportunity to improve their digital skills with everyone who wants to get connected able to do so, and public services designed by and for citizens that are secure. This will in turn will have a positive impact on growing our economy.”

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) urged the Government to back up the new strategy with quick action.

Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convener, said: “A Government strategy document rarely excites small firms. But little is more important to Scotland’s business community than enhancing our country’s digital capabilities. This wide-ranging publication must be matched with political and entrepreneurial drive to swiftly deliver change.

“Scottish Government figures show 75 per cent of Scottish businesses believe digital technology is essential or important to their plans for growth. To achieve these ambitions, firms need access to the right skills and modern digital infrastructure - specifically broadband and mobile coverage. Progress on these fronts cannot come quickly enough.”

The minister was speaking at The Tontine, a landmark Victorian building at Glasgow Cross that was converted last year into a acceleration and growth space for tech start-ups.

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A new report out today reveals significant gaps in NHS Scotland’s provision of care for patients with Down’s syndrome (Ds) – with poor communication, negative attitudes from health professionals and inconsistent levels of care, major concerns.

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Down’s Syndrome Scotland, which focuses solely on people with Ds and their families, received feedback from more than 400 mem­­bers on their experiences within NHS-funded health centres, GP practices and hospitals.

The findings of the research were discussed yesterday at a special event at the Scottish Parliament, attended by Maureen Watt, minister for mental health, as well as health professionals, MSPs, Down’s Syndrome Scotland representatives and families/carers.

Inconsistency in the level of care was highlighted as a key concern, with standards varying from one health institution to the next. The lack of provision of regular health checks for patients with Down’s syndrome was identified as a central issue. People living with Ds often have additional health needs, from heart problems and poor hearing to thyroid conditions and dementia. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) recommends that people with Down’s syndrome require a minimum of one health check per year.

However, the research reveals that more than 25 per cent of children in Scotland with Down’s syndrome are not being seen every year and 50 per cent of parents/carers of an adult with Ds are not even aware of the requirement for annual health checks.

More than one in five parents/carers of an adult with Down’s syndrome also say checks such as tests for thyroid conditions or eye checks never take place, demonstrating a lack of consistency in the provision of health checks across different health boards. Respondents also point to the difficulty in securing appointments with specialists and long waiting times – one patient had to wait more than six months for dental surgery.

Poor communication and negative attitudes among some health professionals towards people with Down’s syndrome and their families were also revealed in the report, particularly towards expectant mothers and new parents. Comments describe poor attitudes from midwives, health visitors, nurses and consultants during ante and post-natal care. Some mothers felt they were bullied into having an amniocentesis test and there was a general lack of information and support at the point of diagnosis.

Sarah Van Putten, deputy chief executive, Down’s Syndrome Scotland said: “Our research has identified several factors which facilitate positive experiences for children and adults with Down’s syndrome and their families. Professionals who are caring, respectful with good communication skills and an understanding what it means to live with Ds, can make all the difference.”.

She added: “Over the past couple of years, the Scottish Government has worked towards improving the quality of life of people with Down’s syndrome, through the publications of important strategies. Nonetheless these will likely fail unless more consideration is given to the implementation of these policies through improved staff knowledge and practice.”

A lack of knowledge among health professionals on how to communicate with people with Down’s syndrome and the use of negative terminology and ‘labelling’ is a source of concern highlighted in the report. Parents/carers are hurt by the lack of first person language and the use of negative terms such as – “but he’s a Down’s baby/kid” or “they” when referring to their child.

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The wife of cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has told how the shock experience of giving birth to a premature baby has propelled her into a key charity role.

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Lady Sarra Hoy is becoming the official ambassador of Bliss Scotland, a charity for babies born premature or sick.

She believes the post will be a chance for her to “give something back” after coming through the “dark days” in neonatal intensive care with newborn son Callum.

Lady Hoy, a lawyer by profession and the wife of Olympic hero Sir Chris, became unwell at 27 weeks while pregnant with Callum, who had to be delivered 11 weeks early.

He weighed just 2lbs 2oz when he was born in October 2014 and spent 60 days in neonatal care.

Callum is now a thriving toddler aged almost two-and-a-half but Lady Hoy remembers the fears she had following his early arrival into the world.

“He looked like a frail little bird that had fallen from its nest,” she recalled.

“From nowhere, I was signed up and given lifelong membership to a club I never wanted to join, nor even imagined existed.

“I was utterly terrified by what I saw and was scared at what the future held for us 

She explained how missing out on the third trimester of her pregnancy launched her into an experience she was not ready for.

She said: “We hadn’t bought a thing, we hadn’t read anything, all these preparations were gone, and from that you’re suddenly spending every day travelling to hospital to watch a baby that you know is yours but you have to ask to touch him and hold him.

“It’s a very disjointed way of coming into parenthood. However it happens, I do think it’s a huge shock.”

Lady Hoy, 36, who lives in England but still maintains strong connections to her home city of Edinburgh, says she feels privileged to be a voice for the 5,800 babies born each year in Scotland who need lifesaving neonatal care.

The role will see her raising awareness of the support Bliss can offer as well as encouraging people to back the cause by volunteering and fundraising.

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Four people including a police officer were killed and 40 injured when a knife-wielding terrorist brought horror to the gates of Westminster.

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The attacker mowed victims down on Westminster Bridge before crashing his car into railings beneath Big Ben and rushing at police guarding parliament through an open gate. He stabbed and killed an officer, named as Keith Palmer, 48, inside New Palace Yard before being shot dead.

Prime Minister Theresa May was ushered away from parliament by her security detail after the attack.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergencies committee, Mrs May paid tribute to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack.

She vowed that “the forces of evil” would never be allowed “to drive us apart”.

READ MORE: Prime Minister’s statement in full

Police said they were treating the incident, which began at about 2.40pm, as a terrorist attack.

Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley said: “This was a day we’ve planned for but hoped would never happen. Sadly it is now a reality.”

At Holyrood, where MSPs were due to vote on a call for a second Scottish independence referendum, parliament was suspended following the attack. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her thoughts were “with everyone caught up in the dreadful incident at Westminster”.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley said armed patrols had been increased around key sites north of the Border in the wake the attack.

The attacker left a trail of destruction for hundreds of metres from Westminster Bridge to parliament. Victims hit by the Hyundai 4x4 were described as having “catastrophic injuries” by staff at St Thomas’ Hospital across the Thames, who rushed to aid those hurt.

One woman hit by the attacker’s car was confirmed dead. Another woman who fell into the Thames was rescued and given urgent medical treatment on a pier.

A party of French schoolchildren were among those targeted by the car, with three injured. London Ambulance Service said paramedics treated at least ten patients on Westminster Bridge.

On the floor of the cobbled courtyard in front of Parliament, paramedics fought to save the life of the police officer and his attacker, with Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood among those who rushed to help.

READ MORE: Government minister gives CPR to injured officer

Kirsten Hurrell, who runs a newspaper kiosk in Parliament Square, told journalists that the vehicle was shot at before it careered into the fence outside parliament.

She said: “There were shots to stop the car, the car turned, went completely over the cycle lane and rammed nose first into the parliamentary fence. There was someone on the ground on the right of the car.”

Another eyewitness, Jayne Wilkinson said: “We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.

“He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.”

READ MORE: Video - aftermath of attack on Westminster Bridge

Frazer Clarke, 25, from Burton-on-Trent, one of a group of young boxers who saw the attack, said: “We heard a loud bang and screaming and then I noticed some smoke. I thought it was a car crash.

“I looked towards the front gate and people were running, a police officer and a fellow coming to the gate with two knives.

“He was stabbing the police officer with the knives.

“The police officer was stumbling and fell on the floor.

“Another police officer walked toward the guy with the knives and shot him twice.”

Edinburgh South Labour MP Ian Murray said he had been heading for a vote at the time of the incident. He added: “Anti-terror armed police were everywhere. Security and emergency services have been unbelievable.”

He said he had just been attending a meeting of an all-party parliamentary group.

“I went back up to them to let them know what was going on and make sure they didn’t leave the room we were in.

“Since, we have been moved to several places and locked down - currently in Westminster Abbey.”

READ MORE: Met Police statement in full

MPs spent hours in lockdown in the House of Commons chamber as police initially held thousands of people in place before evacuating them from the parliamentary estate.

From inside the chamber, SNP MP Ian Blackford told The Scotsman: “We at least have benches to sit on - but our thoughts are with those who give us security and who put themselves in harm’s way just by doing their jobs.”

Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh expressed “deepest sympathy” to the family of the officer who died following the events of Wednesdayyesterday afternoon.

He added: “This incident sadly shows the dangers our colleagues face on a daily basis. They show incredible bravery protecting the public.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “Today’s horrific attack in Westminster has shocked the whole country. All our thoughts are with the victims of this outrage, their loved ones, families and friends.

“This was not only an attack on innocent people.

“It was also an attack on our democracy. But I know that Londoners and people across the country will stand together in defence of our values and diversity.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “When the attacks happened, many people, both police and civilians, ran towards the danger in order to help. Their bravery was awe-inspiring.

“Our response is to this must be more democracy, more openness, and more humanity. We will answer hatred with love.”

READ MORE: Inverness school pupils visiting parliament are safe and on flight home

The Scotsman’s office at Westminster overlooks New Palace Yard, where the incident unfolded.

Correspondent Paris Gourtsoyannis said: “There was a loud bang, like a car accident, from the direction of Whitehall and Westminster Bridge, to the east of parliament.

“Passers-by and police officers manning the gates were beginning to move towards the sound, when there were shouts, and what looked like someone rushing into New Palace Yard.

“There was a melee of police officers inside the gates, and then the sound of at least two gunshots.

“Two people were left lying on the pavement, which loops around to the underground parking lots.

“It wasn’t clear what the assailant was armed with. Officers immediately began giving medical attention to both of the injured, with paramedics giving CPR.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “There has been a serious incident near to Parliament Square this afternoon which is being treated as a terrorist attack until the police know otherwise.

“I have spoken to the Acting Commissioner. The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is under way. My thoughts are with those affected and their families.

“I would like to express my thanks to the police and emergency services who work so hard to keep us safe and show tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

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A unarmed police officer who was among five people killed in a suspected terror attack in Westminster has been named as Pc Keith Palmer.

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The 48-year-old husband and father was stabbed by a man armed with two large knives inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

Minutes earlier the attacker had mown down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge, including schoolchildren.

Speaking outside Scotland Yard, acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley, the Met’s top anti-terror officer, said about 40 people had been injured, several - including two police officers - seriously.

He declined to name the attacker, but said police believe he was “inspired by international terrorism”.

Mr Rowley said: “Today in Westminster we saw tragic events unfold and our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones, those who were injured and all those affected by this attack.

“One of those who died today was a police officer, Pc Keith Palmer, a member of our parliamentary and diplomatic protection command. Keith, aged 48, had 15 years’ service and was a husband and father.

“He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift, and he had every right to expect that would happen.

“I can also now confirm that there are three members of the public who have lost their lives in the attack. Specially-trained family liaison officers have been deployed to support them.

“And, as I confirmed earlier, the suspected attacker was shot dead by an armed officer. Therefore, meaning that now in total we have five people who died today.”

Mr Rowley said three police officers were among those injured, two of whom were in a serious condition.

He refused to comment on the identity of the attacker, but said: “Our working assumption is that he was inspired by international terrorism.”

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The attack around the Palace of Westminster is obviously shocking for its violent nature, and while knife attacks in public are not new to the UK, they are very rare. Attacking Westminster is notable though, probably more symbolic rather than anything else.

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The MP Jo Cox was of course stabbed to death by a terrorist with political allegiances to far right groups heightening the stakes that MPs and other public officials are often vulnerable targets. This attack in it its location looks to have meant the general public and local police forces, were actually in the most danger.

Though far right extremists and the threat from dissident Irish groups remains high, the spectre of a jihadist connection will naturally be at the forefront of people’s minds – and for good cause. In December 2015 at Leytonstone Tube Station, four people were stabbed by an attacker who shouted “this is for Syria”. The attacks in Paris, Brussels and Berlin – though on a much larger scale – and not aimed at political assemblies like this one was, have rightly meant that there was almost a sense of inevitability as to when a similar attack would occur in the UK. Hopefully this will be a small in scale and the work of so called ‘lone wolves’ who are untethered to a group – be it Isis or al-Qaeda.

While it should surprise nobody if Isis claimed responsibility (in motive if nothing more) it would be very surprising if this was an attack that was carried out by individuals connected, in any material sense, to such groups. Given previous UK experiences such as the beheading of Lee Rigby in Woolwich or the 7/7 bombers, these are often not battle-hardened jihadists from foreign conflicts. Security forces find these home-grown untethered attackers much harder to track and their motivations are often much harder to understand.

Dr Tom Smith is a lecturer in international relations at Portsmouth University

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The First Minister has said Scotland feels a sense of solidarity with the people of London following the Westminster terror attack.

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Nicola Sturgeon was speaking after the Scottish Parliament suspended a debate on indyref2 in light of the attacks.

She said: “My thoughts, as I’m sure the thoughts of everybody in Scotland tonight, are with people caught up in this dreadful event.

“My condolences in particular go to those who’ve lost loved ones.

“My thoughts are with those who’ve sustained injuries and we all feel a sense of solidarity with the people of London tonight.”

She stressed that there was no intelligence of any risk to Scotland.

READ MORE: Scottish Parliament suspended amid bitter exchanges

Earlier, she said: “Following the incident the Scottish Government has been liaising closely with Police Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has been briefed by the Chief Constable.

“This afternoon our officials held a Scottish Government resilience (SGoRR) meeting with Police Scotland, to ensure that any potential implications for Scotland are considered and I will convene a Ministerial SGoRR meeting later this evening.

“We have been in regular dialogue with the Parliament and I fully support the decision of the Presiding Officer to suspend proceedings this afternoon. It should be made clear, however, that this was not because of any specific threat to the parliament or to Scotland

“We are liaising with our counterparts in the UK Government and the Scottish Government stands ready to support in any way we can.”

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Here is the full transcript of Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement following Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster:

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“I have just chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee, Cobra, following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our capital this afternoon.

“The full details of exactly what happened are still emerging, but having been updated by police and security officials I can confirm that this appalling incident began when a single attacker drove his vehicle into pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring many more, including three police officers.

“This attacker, who was armed with a knife, then ran towards Parliament where he was confronted by the police officers who keep us and our democratic institutions safe.

“Tragically one officer was killed. The terrorist was also shot dead.

“The United Kingdom’s threat level has been set at severe for some time and this will not change. Acting deputy commissioner Rowley will give a further operational update later this evening.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected - to the victims themselves and their family and friends who waved their loved ones off but will not now be welcoming them home.

“For those of us who were in Parliament at the time of this attack these events provide a particular reminder of the exceptional bravery of our police and security services who risk their lives to keep us safe.

“Once again today these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way.

“On behalf of the whole country, I want to pay tribute to them - and to all our emergency services - for the work they have been doing to reassure the public and bring security back to the streets of our capital city.

“That they have lost one of their own in today’s attack only makes their calmness and professionalism under pressure all the more remarkable.

“The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.

“These streets of Westminster, home to the world’s oldest Parliament, are ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents - democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law - command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.

“That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.

“But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.

“Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal.

“And Londoners - and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city - will get up and go about their day as normal.

“They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives.

“And we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

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Armed patrols have been increased by Police Scotland around key sites following the terrorist attack in Westminster.

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News of the incident emerged as Chief Constable Phil Gormley and other senior officers took part in a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) in Stirling.

Mr Gormley, who appeared to be checking for updates on his phone during the meeting, said there would be an “uplift” in armed officers, who would be deployed across the country.

Deputy Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne left the meeting to help coordinate Police Scotland’s response from the multi-agency crime campus at Gartcosh, North Lanarkshire.

Mr Gormley said: “We’re putting in place some reassurance measures. We have increased armed patrols around key sites in Edinburgh. There will be armed patrols around key locations in Scotland.

“At the moment, there’s no information to suggest this is anything other than an isolated attack.

“We’ve put in place what you’d expect in terms of contingencies. “We’ve uplifted and deployed a number of armed officers into key places and we’re working very closely with colleagues in London to understand exactly what has happened and what we need to do to support them and keep Scotland safe.”

He added: “Our thoughts and good wishes are with colleagues and members of the public who have been injured and have lost their lives in London.”

Last year Police Scotland increased its armed officers by a third following terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

READ MORE: Westminster terror attack latest

It followed comments from the Scottish Police Federation that the force was “woefully under-equipped, under-resourced and under prepared” for a similar attack.

Last night, Calum Steele, general secretary of the SPF, said: “Events in London serve as a sad reminder of the reality of the threat facing the UK.

“Sadly, they also serve to remind us of the dangers faced by police officers every single day.

“Our thoughts go to all who have been killed and injured, and especially the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who sadly lost his life.”Last night Police Scotland said it was continuing to “dynamically review all safety and security plans and operations”, including ensuring that armed officers were appropriately deployed.

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Scotland’s former chief scientific officer has cast fresh doubt on the government’s controversial GM ban claiming it is time to look at the benefits of the technology.

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Professor Anne Glover has backed comments by Princess Anne that GM crops have many benefits and she would be happy to grow them in her farm.

The Scottish Government imposed a ban on GM technology without seeking any scientific advice, with ministers claiming they wanted to protect the reputation of Scotland’s food and drink sector.

The Princess Royal made a surprise intervention in the GM debate in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme, insisting she saw no problem with modifying crops if it improved their ability to grow.

Prof Glover said yesterday that the Princess Royal’s view mirrors that of “every global learned academy which has looked at the safety of the technology” for producing new varieties of crop.

“Every single one of them has concluded that the technology is as safe if not safer than any other technology we might’ve used historically for generating new crops.

“I think we should look at what the technology offers us and if there’s real value. The value I would suggest is looking at effectively GM organic so that we’re using the technology so that we can reduce the amount of chemicals and pesticides and herbicides that we use, reducing the impact on the environment, reducing things like the tillage of our soil. There’s lots of benefits. I think we should examine where the benefits lie and how that should be used.”

Prof Glover was the inaugural chief Scientific Officer for Scotland between 2006-11. She went on to become chief scientific adviser to the president of the European Commission.

The only crop currently grown in the EU is insect resistent maize in Spain. But GM is present in the human food chain in Europe, as the technology constituted about 90 per cent of animal feeds imported from the US. Imported foodstuffs on the supermarket shelves from places like the US are also likely to contain GM crops.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said ministers “very much value” the scientific community. But he added three-quarters of Scottish seed potato exports must be GM-free and ministers were “right to safeguard the reputation” of the food and drink industry.

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Police Scotland has included a projected deficit of nearly £50 million in its budget for the coming financial year.

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A meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) yesterday approved the draft £1.1 billion budget, including a gap in the revenue budget of £47m.

Deputy Chief Officer David Page told board members that work was under way to reduce the deficit, but said it was an “elephant we’re going to have to eat one bite at a time”.

According to a paper presented to the board, the deficit in the revenue budget had been around £60m before a “number of cost reductions and savings proposals” helped reduce it.

Mr Page said: “We’ve taken on quite a lot of stretch to get to the point where it’s only £47m.

“We’ve got targets internally across the organisation at the moment. We’re also rolling out a new way of operating budgets.

“There’s an elephant to eat here and we’re going to eat it one bite at a time.”

He added: “We’re going to focus very hard on making sure we have the financial discipline in place and achieve the targeted savings we have across the organisation to get to £47m. Our ambition, when we’re on target, is to stretch. At the moment, however, we need to walk before we can run. We’re not settling at £47m.”

Earlier this year, Police Scotland was called “an organisation in crisis” after Auditor General Caroline Gardner said the force faced a £200 million funding gap by 2020-21.

Ms Gardner cited “weak financial leadership” in both Police Scotland and the SPA.

Yesterday, Mr Page said previous failings would not be repeated, promising a “completely refreshed approach to financial control”.

Despite the financial challenges, Chief Constable Phil Gormley said his force was in a “much better place” than 12 months ago.

He said: “We’re in a completely different place from this time last year. The fact that we now have a budget that’s intelligible and that there’s a recognition of the size of the challenge and how we are going to tackle it, feels like a much better place.

“There’s a clear way through this. The fact we’re understanding that £47m is the operational deficit from the coming year, that’s a really important acknowledgement and reference point for me.”

Last month Police Scotland announced plans to reduce officers number by 400 by late 2020 as part of a ten-year strategy that will see more crime reported online and an increased reliance on technology.

The national force published a vision of what policing will look like in 2026, including a greater use of civilian specialists to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime.

Speaking at the time, Mr Gormley said his force was currently being “constrained” by budget challenges and had to “transform” to meet both those and the crime threats of the future.

Yesterday’s board meeting also approved the closure of Police Scotland’s control room and service centre in Aberdeen as part of a national strategy to reduce the overall number of call centres.

It also emerged that just one in ten police officers believe that Police Scotland has a “positive future.”

The statistic emerged as part of an internal staff survey discussed yesterday by the SPA board.

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Noisy protests are a fact of life for journalists at Westminster whose offices face out on to Parliament square.

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But the loud bang yesterday afternoon immediately sounded out of place. Looking out the window on to New Palace Yard, the courtyard that serves the entrance for vehicles including the Prime Minister’s motorcade, it was clear others felt the same.

The three unarmed police, guarding the gate in bright yellow jackets, moved towards the source of the noise on Westminster Bridge. It sounded as if someone had been hit by a car - but the screams and shouts drew nearer.

Suddenly, at the gate, there was a surge. The three officers recoiled, and a group of people - tourists, office workers, pedestrians - rushed forward, fleeing from danger. In the mêlée of officers and security staff, an attacker - armed with a knife - lunged at one officer. Two shots rang out, and two people fell to the pavement.

Both prone figures were immediately surrounded, and as quickly as the bid to kill was over a frantic battle to save life began. Someone shouted for a first aid kit, flung over a barrier.

Armed officers, fearing and searching for a second attacker, rushed to take up positions, their weapons raised. A security guard, racing down the corridor, shouted to stay away from the windows: “They’re targeting the building.”

Both the injured were given CPR in the moments before the paramedics arrived.

The person who stepped forward to help the ambulance crews turned out to be the foreign office minister Tobias Ellwood, a former army captain whose brother was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing. Walking away, he had blood smeared across his face from attempting to resuscitate the stricken police officer.

Within minutes, an air ambulance landed on Parliament square. One figure was lifted into an ambulance - a sheet was drawn over the other. From our vantage point, it wasn’t clear which is which. Two rings of debris mark the spots on the cobbles.

Eventually, journalists in lock down were herded into Westminster hall with hundreds of staff, visitors, MPs and peers - among them Lord Trimble, a Nobel laureate for his efforts to bring an end to terror on his doorstep. All of us may be witnesses, we were told.

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The Scottish Parliament was suspended amid bitter exchanges halfway through a flagship debate on a second independence referendum following the attack on Westminster.

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Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham was seen to gesticulate at the Tory benches in the Holyrood chamber after the decision was taken to call a halt to proceedings. The minister was opposed to the session being suspended in the face of terrorism.

But it prompted an angry response from the opposition.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last night gave her backing to the suspension.

Presiding Officer Ken MacIntosh said the attack on MSPs’ “sister parliament” was having an impact on MSPs contributions during the debate, which will now resume later today.

His deputy, Linda Fabiani, had earlier told MSPs that the debate would carry on and it was “business as usual”.

Mr MacIntosh later intervened to halt proceedings.

But as MSPs left the chamber, Ms Cunningham was seen on the SNP frontbench to point her finger angrily towards Tory frontbencher Murdo Fraser who had initially called for the debate to be halted.

Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw later condemned the minister’s behaviour on social media.

“Absolutely disgraceful conduct from @strathearnrose (Ms Cunningham) in response to PO suspension of @ScotParl - totally unbecoming,” he tweeted.

It meant a delay to the crunch vote on a Holyrood motion calling call for Westminster to give permission for a second referendum on Scottish independence to be staged.

A spokesman for Ms Cunningham said: “Roseanna’s first thoughts are with all of those affected, and while she did initially take the view – shared by some from other parties – that business should not be suspended in the face of terrorism, she fully supports the decision, given the seriousness of events.”

Mr MacIntosh stepped in yesterday after a meeting of the Parliament’s business bureau.

“Members will be aware that there has been a series of incidents at Westminster and Westminster itself has been locked down because of security concerns,” he said.

“Now there is no wish to cause undue alarm here and security has been increased here but I’m also aware, and business managers and I have discussed this, that the fact that our sister Parliament has had a serious incident is affecting this particular debate and its affecting the contribution of members. So it is for that reason we are deciding to suspend this sitting.”

He added: “I think to continue at this moment would not allow members to make their contributions in the manner they would wish.”

Labour sources last night revelaed that party leader Kezia Dugdale was preparing to withdraw her MSPs from the debate before Mr MacIntosh intervened, as she believed to continue would have been inappropriate given the circumstances.

Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton was visibly shaken as he addressed MSPs during the debate and struggled to deliver parts of his speech.

“I was very emotional and felt it seemed incongruous to be speaking about that when you had this real situation hapening down there,” he said.

“It just knocked me off my stride. I’ve got friends down there and you hear about what’s happening and just imagine the worst.”

Mr Cole-Hamilton backed the decison to suspend the sitting.

“On such an important issue, we were so distracted by events, it wouldn’t have been fair to the debate up here or events in London to continue.”

Ms Sturgeon later said the Scottish Government has been “liaising closely” with Police Scotland Justice Secretary Michael Matheson had been briefed by the Chief Constable.

“My thoughts are with everyone caught up in the dreadful incident at Westminster today, including the emergency services who responded bravely to ensure the safety of the many people nearby.

Ms Sturgeon added that she “fully support” the suspension Parliament.

“It should be made clear, however, that this was not because of any specific threat to the parliament or to Scotland,” the First Minister added.

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It was a place where John Lennon was to bring his own children to share his love of long summers in the Highlands.

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The ex-Beatle was to be a regular visitor to Durness in Sutherland during his younger years after his dear Aunt Mater remarried a dentist called Bert who owned a home that overlooked Sango Bay.

John, who travelled north with his cousin Stanley Parks, who lived in Edinburgh and later in Largs, would head to the coast for weeks on end, often being dragged into helping his uncle fix up the house.

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But fishing, walking and shooting were the norm, Parks later recalled, with a young Lennon heading up into the hills on his own.

The musician has also been remembered for his high jinks in the Highlands, with the singer tying seaweed to shop doors to stop workers from leaving.

It was a basic but delightful time, according to accounts.

READ MORE: Jimmy Page and his black magic Highland retreat

“The family party roughed it in a primitive farmhouse lit by oil lamp and candles and noisy with the screeches of Mater’s pet parrot,” wrote Philip Norman in his biography John Lennon: The Life.

The house where Lennon holidayed at Sangomore, a settlement at Durness, was demolished around four years a go with a new property built by the owners.

A plaque on the wall of the property marks the association with the Beatle.

Lennon last visit Durness in 1969 when he decided to travel north after flying in from the US with Yoko Ono and their daughter Kyoko.

After collecting his son Julian in London, the family headed off in a white Austin Maxi, Lennon apparently ditching the services of his chauffeur.

The trip came just a few days before the band was to begin work with producer George Martin at Abbey Road.

The holiday was cut short, however, when Lennon - who was known as a nervy driver - crashed the car on his way back from a day trip to Tongue.

It is said he let of the wheel after a tourist in a car came towards him on a single track road near Loch Eriboll.

Norman said: “On a stretch of providentially empty road, he lost control of the car and it veered into a roadside ditch.

“He and Yoko and Kyoko each suffered cuts to the face and Yoko an injured back.”

The family were rushed to Golspie Lawson Memorial Hospital where Lennon received 17 stitches for wounds to his face, which left a permanent scar. His wife and daughter also received treatment for facial injuries.

After returning to London to start recording, Yoko Ono’s back injury gave her “constant trouble,” Norman said.

He added: “To save her the discomfort of sitting for hours on a stool beside him, John had a bed delivered from Harrods and set it up on the studio floor.”

The smashed white Austin Maxi car ended up mounted on a plinth in the couple’s garden, his cousin later recalled.

Back in Durness, the Lennon connection has not been forgotten and a memorial garden stands over the beach where the musician played as a boy.

Some have also claimed that the song In My Life, on the Rubber Soul album, was penned in tribute to his time in Durness but this has often been debated.

The Lennon effect was earlier harnessed by the North Highland Tourism Operators to draw visitors to this area.

The Northern Lights John Lennon festival was held in 2007 to raise the profile of Durness’ links to one of the world’s most famous stars.

With Yoko Ono’s blessing, his name was used to promote the event, with Lennon’s original band The Quarrymen headlining the weekend.

More used to performing in The Cavern, the five-piece performed a raucous show in Smoo Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the country.

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Donald Trump has offered the “full co-operation and support” of the United States in responding to the Westminster terror attack and “bringing those responsible to justice”.

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The White House said the US president offered his condolences to Theresa May in a phone call following the bloody events in London.

Mr Trump had earlier described the apparent terror attack as “big news” as world leaders were shocked by the incident.

READ MORE: Four dead and 20 injured in Westminster attack
A White House spokesman said: “President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.

“He pledged the full co-operation and support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”

According to US network NBC, President Trump told reporters shortly after the attack: “I was just getting an update on London.

“Some big news having to do with London just happened.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Our thoughts are with the victims of today’s attack in London and their families.

“Canadians remain united with the people of the UK.”

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “Shocked at attack on London. Yesterday I spent the day at Westminster. Luckily not today.

“London’s Parliament is the mother of democracy!”

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Pupils at an Inverness school who had been on a visit to the Houses of Parliament were safely on a flight home this evening.

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The children from Kinmylies primary school in Inverness had been on a trip to London on the day of the terror attack.

The school tweeted “flight on time at present. We cannot reply to individual texts. Please keep an eye on Twitter for updates. Looking forward to getting home.”

Katrina @teenried replied “glad to hear that you are all okay!”

Another concerned well-wisher posted @KinmyliesPr - “I am very glad to hear you are all safe and well, stay safe and see you all soon.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "sross@scotsman.com" ,"author": "SHN ROSS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4400978.1490210458!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4400978.1490210458!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Kinmylies Primary School in Inverness. Picture: Kinmylies PS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kinmylies Primary School in Inverness. Picture: Kinmylies PS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4400978.1490210458!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/markets-economy/shoppers-are-hit-in-the-pocket-as-sterling-slumps-1-4400072","id":"1.4400072","articleHeadline": "Shoppers are hit in the pocket as sterling slumps","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490171560000 ,"articleLead": "

As official figures reveal that inflation has leapt above the Bank of England’s target, Scott Reid takes a look at how much further it can rise and the economic impact.

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Yesterday’s news that consumer inflation had leapt to its highest level since September 2013 last month will have come as little surprise to the average shopper.

The slump in sterling has made itself felt through price hikes in everyday food items such as bread and vegetables, as well as non-essentials and “big-ticket” products including computer software, electrical goods and motor cars.

• READ MORE: Cost of living fears mount as inflation hits 2.3%

High Street price wars may have helped keep a lid on those increases, but food is now becoming more expensive as ­producers begin to pass down soaring import costs triggered by the pound’s weakness since June’s Brexit vote.

The latest official data revealed that overall food prices nudged up 0.8 per cent between January and February, in contrast to a smaller rise of 0.1 per cent a year earlier, after shock weather conditions in southern Europe ravaged crops and left supermarkets and restaurants grappling with a vegetable shortage.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the price of iceberg lettuce leapt 67.2 per cent between January and February after falling 0.8 per cent a year earlier.

A jump in transport costs also drove inflation higher, with motor fuels rising 1.2 per cent month-on-month in February. As a result, the price of petrol lifted by 1.6p per litre at the pumps to an average of 120.2p for February, while diesel increased by 1.3p to 123.2p over the period.

The net result is that the consumer price index (CPI) measure of inflation hit 2.3 per cent last month, higher than most economists had been expecting, and up from 1.8 per cent in January. As we close in on the end of March, there is every likelihood that figure will have headed further north by now.

Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at forecasting consultancy IHS Global Insight, said the latest statistics make “uncomfortable news” for consumers, as well as the Bank of England, which has a long-term 2 per cent target on CPI.

He warned: “We expect consumer price inflation to trend markedly higher over the coming months as sterling weakness increasingly feeds through and overall higher oil and commodity prices impact.

“Additionally, several utility companies have announced electricity and/or gas price hikes in March/April. Specifically, inflation is seen rising to 3 per cent in late-2017 and peaking around 3.3 per cent early on in 2018.”

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If there is a silver lining, then Archer believes that retailers, manufacturers and service providers will find the upside to their pricing power limited, given that the previous protracted squeeze on households’ purchasing power has made ­consumers “very price conscious”.

Inflationary pressures will stoke fears that interest rates could be on the rise. Kristen Forbes, one of the nine rate-setters on the monetary policy committee, broke ranks to vote for a quarter-point hike to 0.5 per cent last week amid fears that inflation is “rising quickly and was likely to remain above target for at least three years”.

The central bank, which will continue to use CPI as its measure for setting interest rates, predicted inflation to lift to 2 per cent in February, peak at 2.8 per cent in the first half of next year, and fall back to 2.4 per cent in three years – what some would now argue look like pretty optimistic forecasts.

Business leaders are concerned that inflation has become a key risk to UK growth prospects. The Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank expects the inflationary squeeze on ­consumer spending power to lead to a slowdown in UK GDP growth from 1.8 per cent in 2016 to 1.6 per cent this year.

Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, believes that inflation will remain “persistently above” the Bank of England’s 2 per cent ­target over the near term, peaking at close to 3 per cent in the second half of 2018.

“The decline in the value of sterling, together with rising oil and other commodity prices, is likely to maintain the upward pressure on consumer prices in the coming months,” he noted.

“Rising inflation is a key risk to the UK’s growth prospects. Businesses continue to report that the rising cost of raw materials are squeezing margins, forcing many firms to raise their prices. Higher inflation is also likely to materially squeeze consumer spending in the coming months as price growth increasingly outpaces earnings growth.”

That spending power crunch is also highlighted by Calum Bennie, savings specialist at Scottish Friendly, who said: “If proof was needed that a squeeze is underway, this is it.

“With prices expected to rise further this year as a result of the fall in sterling, things will only get tougher for consumers whose wages are not rising sufficiently to keep pace. Shopping smarter or even cutting back spending are some of the ways we will cope while still trying to put money aside for the future.”

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Scotland’s economy is forecast to continue to recover this year but uncertainty caused by Brexit and a second independence referendum will slow growth, a new report has found.

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Researchers at Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute predict the Scottish economy will continue to lag behind the UK, largely due to the downturn in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

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In the three months to September 2016, the Scottish economy grew by 0.2 per cent, well behind the UK growth rate of 0.6 per cent, while for the year Scotland’s GDP increased by 0.7 per cent compared to a UK increase of 2.2 per cent.

The institute’s latest forecasts for Scottish economic growth are 1.2 per cent in 2017, 1.3 per cent in 2018 and 1.4 per cent in 2019, broadly unchanged from the previous forecast figures from December.

The report found that in the ten years since the start of the financial crisis, the Scottish economy has grown by an average of just 0.7 per cent each year – less than a third of its long-term trend, squeezing household income despite unemployment rates at near record lows of 4.7 per cent.

Institute director Graeme Roy called on both the Scottish and UK governments to “provide clarity and reassurance” over independence and Brexit respectively.

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He said: “Growth in the Scottish economy continues to lag behind the rest of the UK, driven in part but not entirely, by the ongoing challenges in the oil and gas sector.

“The immediate outlook for 2017 is marginally more positive than for 2016, with some important business surveys suggesting an increase in new orders and demand.

“That being said, in the current climate sentiment can change quickly and there remains a high degree of margin for error in all economic forecasts at the current time.

“Irrespective of your views over the long-term benefits of Brexit or independence, the increase in uncertainty caused by the triggering of Article 50 and the prospects of a second independence referendum will act as a headwind for many businesses.

“Just as it is the responsibility of the UK Government to provide clarity and reassurance wherever possible through the Brexit process, it is incumbent on the Scottish Government to do likewise around independence and to re-double their efforts to support the Scottish economy through these unprecedented times.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "LAURA PATERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4400067.1490170990!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4400067.1490170990!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The North Sea downturn is also weighing on Scotland's growth prospects. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The North Sea downturn is also weighing on Scotland's growth prospects. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4400067.1490170990!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/westminster-terror-attack-what-we-know-so-far-1-4400945","id":"1.4400945","articleHeadline": "Westminster Terror Attack: What we know so far","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490204969000 ,"articleLead": "

A serious incident has taken place outside the Houses of Parliament, where two people have been killed and several people have been injured.

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A car crashed into railings on Westminster Bridge before an attacker attempted to gain access to Parliament’s Old Palace Yard and was shot.

A police officer was stabbed, according to the Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington. The alleged assailant was shot by armed police. Met Police are referring to the attack as a “terrorist incident” until further facts are established. People are being treated both on Westminster Bridge and in the grounds of Parliament.

Westminster Bridge

A car mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge. It drove into several people, apparently intentionally. The car crashed into the railings of the Palace of Westminster. A junior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital confirmed to the Press Association that one woman had died and a number of others were injured, some with “catastrophic” injuries. Eyewitness photos and videos show a number of casualties. No definitive number of victims has yet been confirmed.

READ MORE: Westminster in lockdown

An air ambulance arrived to treat the wounded. Pictures show one woman under the wheels of a bus. Other images show passers-by attempting to attend to those wounded. An attacker in Old Palace Yard stabbed at least one person, a police officer. He was shot by police. At least two people were being attended to by emergency services in Old Palace Yard, according to photographs.

Parliamentary response

David Lidlington, the leader of the House of Commons, gave a statement in the chamber, where MPs were told to shelter in place by security. He said: “Colleagues will have appreciated that events have been moving rapidly and I want to emphasise that the knowledge that I have which is definite is so far very limited. What I am able to say to the House is that there has been a serious incident within the estate. It seems that a police officer has been stabbed; that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”

A crucial debate on independence in the Scottish Parliament was also suspended as news of the attack filtered through to Holyrood.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh, responding to a number of MSPs concerns, said there would be no more business for the rest of the day.

Theresa May is unharmed and left the Houses of Parliament in a car soon after the attack. She has now returned to Downing Street and will head a meeting of COBRA, the crisis response team, tonight. The ambulance service and the Met Police also confirmed that they were responding to the incident.


“Officers – including firearms officers – are on scene and dealing with the incident in Westminster.” They added that they were treating the incident as “a terrorist incident until we know otherwise”.


“We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident. We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team. We will issue more information when we have it.”


Police told Londoners to avoid Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube. Westminster Tube station is closed until further notice according to Transport for London. Visitors to the London Eye were held within the stopped ferris wheel, with the operators saying: “At present we are holding all of our guests within our attractions as per tried and tested security procedures.”

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader’s statement said: “Reports suggest the ongoing incident in Westminster this afternoon is extremely serious. Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack [and their] families and friends. The police and security staff have taken quick action to ensure the safety of the public, MPs and staff, and we are grateful to them.”

Sadiq Khan

The Mayor London said: “There has been a serious incident near to Parliament Square this afternoon which is being treated as a terrorist attack until the police know otherwise.

“I have spoken to the Acting Commissioner. The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is underway. My thoughts are with those affected and their families.

“I would like to express my thanks to police and emergency services who work so hard to keep us safe and show tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister tweeted: “My thoughts are with everyone in and around Westminster caught up in this dreadful incident – and with the brave emergency services.”

International response

Donald Trump has been briefed on the London attack according to Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

CBS News also confirmed with officials that a number of landmarks in America’s large metro areas will have extra security this evening.

This story first appeared in our sister site The I

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A Government minister was among the first to rush to the aid of the police officer fatally injured in the attack.

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Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood rushed to the the officer after he was apparently stabbed just at the gates to the Palace of Westminster.

The former Army captain with the Royal Green Jackets helped paramedics deliver first aid to the officer.

He was seen covered in blood after he tried to help staunch the man’s wounds.

The BBC later reported that the officer had died as a result of his injuries,

A source close to Mr Ellwood told The Telegraph: “[He] tried to give mouth to mouth and stem blood flow from multiple stab wounds to the officer until the chopper and medics arrived”.

Mr Ellwood has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office since July 2014, covering the Middle East and Africa brief. He has been an MP for Bournemouth East since 2005.

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SCOTLAND is steeped in dark history but where can you go to learn more about the ghosts of Scotland.

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There are a host of tours and walks thoughout the country.

In Edinburgh there are a number telling the tales of the city’s horrors.

One of the operators, Mercat Tours, have daytime and night tours.

The night walk starts with a tour of the closes and wynds of Edinburgh, as well as a visit into the haunted underground vaults on Blair Street.

They also tell the tale of the ‘Edinburgh mob’, which saw a riot past the Mercat Cross.

The tours, led by a cloaked guide, also tell of gruesome tales of witchcraft and torture.

For those not so brave to venture out in the dark, there is a daytime tour of Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults.

READ MORE: See what Edinburgh ghosts have to offer

The vaults, the tour operators say, witnessed the deeds of mischief-makers and murderers, vagrants and torturers and is one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites.

In Aberdeen there are also amazing stories to explore.

There is a walk organised by GoBananas that tells of tales of treachery, witches, and blood spills.

There are tales of ghostly apparitions, witches and history, exploring the grim and gruesome stories that have shaped the city’s darker history.

They also explore frightening ghost stories which have emerged from a city hidden beneath mystery and treachery.

READ MORE: Ghost walks in Aberdeen

In Glasgow, the Glasgow Ghost Walk tells of serial killers, ghosts, executions, plague, and witchcraft.

In Dumfries and Galloway there are tales from folklore, including a tragic story of a wise witch-woman, hauntings that terrified residents of a local farmhouse and a swan whose image brings death.

Comlongon Ghost Tour takes visitors on a terrifying trip around darkest Dumfries.

The team reveals the drama of a famous court trial, ghostly goings-on in an historic hotel and dark insights into the notorious Killing Times. There are also tales of graverobbers and a horrific execution.

READ MORE: What have the ghosts in Dumfries got

Meanwhile, the Stirling GhostWalk has been running since 1989 as a way of profiling the culture and locations of the historic Old Town area.

READ MORE: Stirling Ghostwalk

There is Stirling Castle, Argyll’s Ludging, the National Wallace Monument and Bannockburn Heritage Centre, which chronicle the exploits of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Independence and the glories of the Royal House of Stuart.

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Met Police commander BJ Harrington delivered the following statement following the incident at Westminster.

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“Since 14.40 this afternoon the Metropolitan Police Service has responded to an incident in the area of Parliament Square, and the Senior National Coordinator has declared this a terrorist incident.

“And although we remain open-minded to the motive a full counter terrorism investigation is already under way - led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

“At this stage I will confirm what we know has happened, but I will not speculate.

“We received a number of different reports - which included a person in the River Thames; a car in collision with pedestrians and a man armed with a knife.

“Officers were already at the location as part of our routine policing operation. Immediately, additional officers were sent to the scene and that included firearms officers.

“We are working closely with the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.

“I’d like to repeat our request for the public to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.

“This is to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incident.

“There is an ongoing investigation being led by our Counter Terrorism Command and we would ask anyone who has images or film of the incident to pass these to police.

“We know that there are a number of casualties, including police officers, but at this stage we cannot confirm numbers or the nature of the injuries.

“Our response will be ongoing for some time as it is important that we gather all the possible evidence.

“Public safety is our top priority and we are reviewing our policing stance across London; throughout the course of this afternoon there will be additional police officers deployed across the Capital.

“I would like to ask the public to remain vigilant - and let us know if they see anything suspicious that causes them concern. Dial 999 immediately.

“The Acting Commissioner Craig Mackey is being treated as a significant witness as he was at the scene when the incident started. While he is not injured, it would be inappropriate for him to talk about the incident at this stage.

“His thoughts are with all those involved.

“Anyone with information about today’s incident is urged to call 0800 789321.”

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A poltician travelling in a passing car appears to have caught harrowing footage of the immediate aftermath of a car careering out of control in today’s security incident at Westminster.

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The phone footage was taken from a side window of a car crossing over the bridge former Polish Foreign Minister Radislaw Sikorski.

Reports said that between five and ten people were struck by a car.

The footage posted on the social media site Twitter appears to show people running to the aid of several people lying hurt on the bridge.

A line of red buses and several ambulances could be seen on Westminster Bridge.

Alex Wafer, 47, who was cycling nearby and saw the aftermath, said: “At the end of the embankment it appears as though there is an ambulance.

“It looks as if they are treating somebody.

“And just below, it looks like there may be another paramedic treating someone else.”

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GOLF legend Colin Montgomerie has given evidence at Scotland’s highest civil court in a divorce action in which he is suing his estranged wife for £5 million in a dispute over her home.

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The former captain for the European Ryder Cup team split from Gaynor,50, in 2015 after allegations emerged about the golfer’s private life.

On Tuesday, at the Court of Session judge Lord Doherty heard claims about the alleged unfairness of a “post nuptial agreement” which was signed between the couple in 2010.

The deal, which was signed after Monty,53, was caught cheating with another woman, allegedly committed the sportsman to paying for the upkeep of Gaynor’s £2 million farmhouse.

Montgomerie, who currently lives in Ayrshire, believed the deal wasn’t fair and reasonable.

He is suing Gaynor at the Edinburgh based court for £5 million and is also demanding payments from her of £6,500 per month.

Much of what was said at Tuesday’s hearing cannot be reported for legal reasons.

However, court papers lodged by Mr Montgomerie’s legal team claim that Gaynor placed him under pressure to enter into the “post nuptial” agreement so their marriage could continue.

The papers state that Gaynor, of Dunning Perthshire, had discovered that her husband had been having an extra marital relationship.

Court papers state that Gaynor inherited the farmhouse when her first husband, businessman George Knowles died and it was in her full name before she married Monty.

Her lawyers say the golfer wanted to make changes to the property when he moved in. Gaynor is said to have agreed to then transfer the house into joint names on condition that if they separated he would transfer the title back to her. It is also alleged that he agreed to take all reasonable costs with the house for the remainder of her life.

Gaynor is demanding Montgomerie honours the alleged deal. She is counter suing him for £5 million and £10,000 per month payments.

Montgomerie, who is thought to have a £40 million fortune, captained Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2010.

He and Gaynor married in 2008.

He and first wife Eimear, the mother of his children, divorced after 14 years in 2004.

He is represented in the current proceedings by advocate Kenneth McBrearty QC. Gaynor’s advocate is Janys Scott QC.

Montgomerie’s solicitors issued a statement to reporters in their client’s name at lunchtime on Tuesday.

In the statement, Montgomerie said: “I will not be commenting on my private life other than to confirm that I raised proceedings some time ago seeking divorce from Gaynor.

“This matter is now being dealt with by the court. I ask that you respect our privacy in this difficult time.

“I will be making no further comment on the matter.”

The hearing before Lord Doherty continues.

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