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London Bridge attack: Seven dead after suspected terrorists drive through pedestrians and stab bystanders

PUBLISHED: 09:13 04 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 04 June 2017

Police officers with riot shields on Borough High Street as police are responded  to a terrorist incident in the capital, amid reports that a vehicle collided with pedestrians on London Bridge, Photo: PA

Police officers with riot shields on Borough High Street as police are responded to a terrorist incident in the capital, amid reports that a vehicle collided with pedestrians on London Bridge, Photo: PA

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Seven people have died and more than 40 are injured following an attack on London Bridge last night that police are treating as a terrorist incident.

Armed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of Saturday's terrorist incident at Borough Market. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA ImagesArmed police on St Thomas Street, London, near the scene of Saturday's terrorist incident at Borough Market. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images

A Met Police spokesman confirmed they were called to the bridge at 10.08pm to reports that a vehicle had struck pedestrians.

The vehicle continued to drive from London Bridge to Borough Market.

The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed, including an on-duty British Transport Police officer who was responding to the incident at London Bridge. He received serious but not life-threatening injuries. His family has been informed.

Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market.

Armed Police officer looks through his weapon on London Bridge as police are dealt with a suspected terrorist incident at London Bridge. Photo: PAArmed Police officer looks through his weapon on London Bridge as police are dealt with a suspected terrorist incident at London Bridge. Photo: PA

The suspects had been confronted and shot by the police within eight minutes of the first call.

The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later established to be hoaxes.

He said: ““The ongoing operation is led by the Met, working closely with British Transport Police, City of London Police, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.

“At this stage, we believe that seven people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. And 48 casualties have been taken to six hospitals across London.

“I’d like to repeat our request for the public to avoid the following areas: London Bridge and Borough Market. This is to allow emergency services to deal with this incident.”

Anybody who has images or film of the incident is encouraged to pass those to police by uploading it at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.

Those who are concerned about a loved one can contact the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.

If you were in central London last night and heard or saw anything, you can also email matthew.clemenson@archant.co.uk to speak to the Recorder about your experiences.

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