London attack as it happened: Five dead and 40 injured after terror incident in Westminster

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A police officer has been stabbed and an alleged assailant shot by armed police outside the Houses of Parliament.

Here's what we know so far:

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Two shot outside parliament

The IndependentTwo men including a police officer have been shot outside the Houses of Parliament. At least gun shots were heard by those inside Westminster. More follows.

House of Commons session suspended after 'two men shot' outside Parliament

The IndependentProceedings at the House of Commons have been suspended amid reports a man has been shot outside Parliament. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said they were looking into the reports. More follows
The Independent's deputy political editor Rob Merrick said: "Two men have been shot - one, presumably the assailant looked like he could be dead.

"The second, a police officer, was wounded but moving. I saw at least one man running towards the exit of New Palace Yard, underneath Big Ben.

"Police were shouting at him, presumably to stop and/or drop his weapon. I think I heard two shots.

"A police officer fell to the ground clutching his arm or shoulder.
Two people were seen lying within Old Palace Yard, immediately outside Westminster Hall.
Minutes after the incident, an emergency services helicopter landed in Parliament Square, as sirens were heard outside.

Air ambulance medics came from the helicopter to assist the casualties.
Witness Don Brind told the Press Association he heard shots being fired and saw two people apparently injured on the ground.

Mr Brind, a researcher for MPs, said: "I heard some shouting and saw some running out of the corner of my eye and then a short time after that there was a shot. I looked and I saw a civilian on the ground, with somebody standing over him with what I assumed to be a gun.

"Then I looked and about 10 yards away, there was a yellow jacketed person on the ground, who appeared to be alive and talking."

He said he assumed the person in the high-visibility jacket was a police officer.
To clarify earlier reports: A police officer been stabbed and an alleged assailant shot by armed police.
Press Association reporter Laura Harding, who was in Westminster at the time of the incident, said: "Everyone has been evacuated into Central Lobby, including a group of schoolchildren and kitchen staff.

"Around 15 schoolchildren aged around 10, with armed police coming through the lobby now.
 
"The children are really calm, the teachers are comforting them.
 
"Everyone is standing around on their phones.
 
"There are also a bunch of young people from the Hammersmith Boxing Club in their tracksuits and the British Lionhearts boxing group."
Dennis Burns, who was just entering Parliament for a meeting when the security alert happened, told the Press Association: "As I was coming through the doors at Portcullis House, a policeman grabbed someone who was coming in and threw him out.

"As we were coming though the glass doors I was told by one security guard to get out while another one told me to get in.
 
"As I walked in I heard a security guard get a radio message saying 'a policeman has been stabbed'.
 
"Then I walked in as police officers and security start rushing out of the front doors on to the street.
 
"When I got inside I was wondering what the hell was going on and I saw dozens of panicked people running down the street. The first stream was around 30 people and the second stream was 70 people.
 
"It looked like they were running for their lives."

Police officer wounded in shooting incident outside Parliament

The IndependentA police officer has been stabbed and at least one man has been shot in a "serious" incident outside the Houses of Parliament. At least two gun shots were heard by those inside Westminster. Proceedings in the House of Commons have been suspended. The deputy speaker of the Commons, David Lidington, announced the suspension, and said a police officer had been stabbed and the "alleged assailant shot by armed police".
An eyewitness reported seeing Theresa May being bundled into a car following the shooting. 
 
Others saw people running down Embankment from Westminster Bridge. Two ambulances are currently on the bridge treating the injured. 
Pictures have been released of paramedics desperately trying to revive an injured person in New Palace Yard.
Press Gallery still in lockdown in the Commons. Still not clear what happened but quite clearly heard multiple shots fired and a loud bang.

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Commons Leader David Lidington has told MPs a "police officer has been stabbed" and the "alleged assailant was shot by armed police" following a "serious" incident within the parliamentary estate. 

Minutes later, an emergency services helicopter landed in Parliament Square, as sirens were heard outside.

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Air ambulance medics came from the helicopter to assist the casualties.

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A woman was confirmed dead after a car ploughed into corwds on Westminster Bridge causing multiple casualties (Reuters)

Two people lay on the ground in the yard. One of them appeared to have had clothes removed as emergency workers attempted to resuscitate the pair.

Parliament Square was closed to traffic.