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“I feel incredibly lucky” Breckland councillor describes aftermath of Westminster “terrorist incident”

PUBLISHED: 18:31 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:31 22 March 2017

A police river boat on the River Thames at the Houses of Parliament, after a policeman was stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A police river boat on the River Thames at the Houses of Parliament, after a policeman was stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A Breckland councillor has described how he was “told to run” from his meeting at Portcullis House this afternoon after a police officer was stabbed and killed in the Westminster estate.

Ambulances on Westminster Bridge, London after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Picture: Scott D'Arcy/PA WireAmbulances on Westminster Bridge, London after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Picture: Scott D'Arcy/PA Wire

Swaffham’s Ian Sherwood was rushed from his position by staff at the palace, and taken to a kitchen area as police officers scoured the building.

He described watching the scene unfold as “surreal”.

“The staff have been brilliant at keeping us informed,” he said. “The first text I got was a policeman had been stabbed outside Portcullis House, and instantly the phone started getting texts.

“I looked out the window and could see the incident on Westminster Bridge with police cars starting to arrive. It was pretty dramatic and pretty scary.

“I was aware it was a year on since the incident in Brussels and my initial thought was, is this co-ordinated attack?

“One thing that stuck in my mind is we were told to run. Not calmly walk, but run. At that point it did seem a little bit scary.”

Mr Sherwood added he felt “incredibly lucky” and praised the emergency services response.

“It felt as if it was a really well rehearsed procedure,” he said. “Everybody knew what they had to do. 
“We have been told we may be here for another hour. I don’t mind what time I go home tonight.

“I just feel terribly sad I will be going home but others will not be.”

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