World Police first responder describes London Bridge attack mayhem

04:00  11 june  2017
04:00  11 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

British police rush to London Bridge after reports of van hitting pedestrians

  British police rush to London Bridge after reports of van hitting pedestrians British police rushed to an incident on London Bridge on Saturday after witnesses said a van ploughed into pedestrians. Police said they were dealing with an incident but gave no further details. A Reuters reporter near the scene said she saw 10 police cars rushing towards London Bridge.A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. The witness said the van hit five to six people.London's transport authority said London Bridge rail station had been closed at the request of the police.

LONDON — One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks. But he also described how, within minutes, police had killed the attackers

One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks. But he also described how, within minutes, police had killed the attackers

Metropolitan Police Inspector Jim Cole poses for a photo at New Scotland Yard, London, where he described his role in the police response to the London Bridge attack, Friday, June 9, 2017. One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks. (David Mirzoeff/Pool via AP)© The Associated Press Metropolitan Police Inspector Jim Cole poses for a photo at New Scotland Yard, London, where he described his role in the police response to the London Bridge attack, Friday, June 9, 2017. One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks. (David Mirzoeff/Pool via AP)

LONDON — One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks.

But he also described how, within minutes, police had killed the attackers, ushered bystanders to safety and begun treating and evacuating the wounded.

British police rush to London Bridge after reports of van hitting pedestrians

  British police rush to London Bridge after reports of van hitting pedestrians British police rushed to an incident on London Bridge on Saturday after witnesses said a van ploughed into pedestrians. Police said they were dealing with an incident but gave no further details. A Reuters reporter near the scene said she saw 10 police cars rushing towards London Bridge.A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. The witness said the van hit five to six people.London's transport authority said London Bridge rail station had been closed at the request of the police.

One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks. But he also described how, within minutes, police had killed the attackers

LONDON (AP) — One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks. But he also described how, within minutes, police had killed the attackers

Inspector Jim Cole, who was scrambled from his south London police station, said the response was "like something out of a Battle of Britain film" as officers piled into vehicles and raced to the scene.

In an account of the June 3 attack released by the Metropolitan Police, Cole said he arrived at Borough Market to find "casualties on the pavements."

"I asked my officers to form a cordon to stop the public from going into the market, and that's when the shooting started just behind us," he said. "We had no idea what was going on. We didn't know if it was us shooting or if that bad guys had guns."

Armed officers fired almost 50 rounds, killing three attackers who had plowed a rented van into pedestrians on the bridge, killing three, then jumped out and stabbed Saturday night revelers in Borough Market, an area packed with bars and restaurants. Five people died of stab wounds, and almost 50 people were wounded in the attack.

Witness in London Bridge incident says saw white van veering into people

  Witness in London Bridge incident says saw white van veering into people A white van veered into people who were walking on London Bridge on Saturday evening and knocked over several people, witnesses who saw the incident told Reuters. "We were walking on the bridge and the van went up onto where people were walking," said the witness who did not want to give his name. "We saw a few being knocked over."The witness said some were hit from behind."They didn't even see it climbing on the pavement," said the witness. "The police came pretty quickly."Another witness said he was taking some pictures on the bridge when he heard a noise."We heard a noise.

The first paramedic to arrive at the scene of the London Bridge attack feared he might be under attack as gunfire rang out yards from where he was treating critically The 29-year-old described finding a scene of chaos, with victims, members of the public and the police calling for him to help.

TfL 'sorry' for parking tickets in area of London Bridge attacks . This is the moment the first armed police arrive at Borough Market, just as a man is being stabbed.

Cole said he set up a triage area inside a pub to treat the wounded, including a man who had been stabbed in the stomach.

"I then heard more shouting and a stream of people came out of the market screaming and panicking. I got them into the pub's basement as a place of hard cover," he said.

He said that on his police radio "I could hear officers on London Bridge desperately calling for ambulances," and got a police cruiser to take the man who had been stabbed in the stomach to a hospital.

All of the 48 wounded people who were taken to hospitals survived.

Cole said that soon the situation "began to stabilize," with the attackers dead and the immediate threat contained.

"I felt that it had only been a few moments, but it had actually been about 10 or 15 minutes," he said.

Cole said that when he told the 200 people sheltering in the pub's basement that they were safe and would soon be evacuated, "I got a big round of applause."

"That was a really nice, unexpected moment," he said.

Cole, 41, said the attack was "the most challenging, most intense situation I've dealt with" in an 18-year police career.

"I've dealt with a lot of death and I've been to some pretty horrific scenes in my career, but nothing has ever been on that scale," he said. "It's going to stick with me for a long time."

Police are questioning seven suspects over suspected links to the attackers, Pakistani-born British citizen Khuram Butt, Moroccan Rachid Redouane, and Youssef Zaghba, an Italian national of Moroccan descent.

Police release photos of London attackers' fake bomb belts .
<p>Police say the London Bridge attackers wore fake suicide belts to create "maximum fear" as they carried out their rampage.</p>The Metropolitan Police released photographs Sunday of the blood-splattered belts, which were made from plastic water bottles wrapped in duct tape.

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