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Maybe terror attempt???.... but not

#1  Postby Macdoc » Oct 07, 2017 2:04 pm

We were having coffee at V&A and terrified woman ran in
Others running
We moved to back of space
Seemed to settle so walked to tube
Car had crashed through barrier and museum sign. Young boy and mother being attended
Black vehicle pinned between police cars
Man on ground pinned by bunch of people

Police telling people to get to safer. Might happen again. With urgency. Wanted crowds to get to safety

Twenty min ago

Anyone with update?
We are heading back to hotel at airport
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Re: Maybe terror attempt

#2  Postby UncertainSloth » Oct 07, 2017 2:20 pm

not much yet - enquiries are under way - one person arrested but described as a crash

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41538762
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#3  Postby Macdoc » Oct 07, 2017 2:54 pm

Two cars involved
Sounding more like collision but curious about arrest
Both beeb and guardian reporting now

At least I'll have some pics :D
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#4  Postby UncertainSloth » Oct 07, 2017 2:58 pm

mirror reporting it slightly differently...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mu ... r-11303608
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#5  Postby Macdoc » Oct 07, 2017 3:53 pm

Amazing how fast it propagates around the world with in two hours.Watching the coverage on BBC now.

There was woman on the ground crying very hard and being comforted by several when we walked by and a young boy wrapped up as if injured. Have not seen photos of them as yet.

Then we walked by this on the opposite side of the street ...bit surreal I must say.
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There was little police presence a yet but lots of security guards.

One of the rather thin bollards separating the street was bent where the car had crashed through and the museum sign was shattered and bent.

Woman that came in the restaurant was pretty wound out looking to get shelter ( a 50' chunk of plate glass window not all that reassuring :what: .....hard to know how to react when you see people fleeing something unseen.

I tucked in behind a loaded aluminum drinks cart ....course Jude was calmly packing up our stuff and looking out the window

To be fair she had not seen the panicked woman run in so sense of urgency not as much for her and we were the front table near the door.
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#6  Postby Macdoc » Oct 07, 2017 4:32 pm

We're thinking accident at this point but he had to be doing some speed to do the damage.... :scratch:

Given the massive response we are QUITE glad we skipped home to the airport hotel.
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#7  Postby UncertainSloth » Oct 07, 2017 4:40 pm

at least you didn;t get caught up in it more than you were...glad you're both safe
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#8  Postby Macdoc » Oct 07, 2017 5:09 pm

Yeah

Apparently we got out before the heavy calvary arrived and panicked everyone :roll: ….they had not closed the SOuth Kensington station tho it was a bit chaotic on the stairs.

Turned out we could not meet our friend so were leaving early anyway

apparently 11 people injured …we saw two plus the driver who had a bit of blood on his mouth - don’t know where the other 8 were injured….that’s quite a few injured for a single vehicle event. Not sure where all the injured were located. :scratch:

They are calling it an accident now officially. I guess police have to be a bit heavy handed when lacking information .....there was no panic in our cafe except for the first woman who ran in.

The poor guy driving was face down on the sidewalk pinned by some burly types and being a person of colour he must have been terrified twice over.
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#9  Postby UncertainSloth » Oct 07, 2017 5:21 pm

problem is, it's going to be everyone's first thought these days...
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#10  Postby Macdoc » Oct 07, 2017 5:27 pm

Exactly ....but hitting 10 people and crashing through a security bollard and fairly robust sign spraying glass likely a good reason to run.....
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#11  Postby UncertainSloth » Oct 07, 2017 5:28 pm

aye....i think i would, anyway....;)
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#12  Postby laklak » Oct 07, 2017 7:27 pm

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Re: Maybe terror attempt???.... but not

#13  Postby Macdoc » Oct 07, 2017 9:47 pm

Can't say I've ever seen a public "panic" .....the first rush we saw was kinda remote even if it was only 20 meters away ( tho the terrified woman that ran inside was certainly in person....then it settled down and we all sort of wandered cautiously around the corner where the accident occurred and people were calmly gawking to the annoyance of the one policeman ( he was the only one of the scene early.

There was some confusion in the open air part of the Tube stairway ....mostly by women with baby carriages trying to get down quickly but no panic - it was just a bit congested.
None at all in the stairways leading down ...most knew nothing of what was going on and there were no news reports at that point.
Tons of people in the area as a Saturday afternoon in a popular area.

Only after the mass of cops arrived apparently was there some panic in the area....we did not see it

The photo certainly gives lie to the headline here...


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Kensington crash: Witnesses tell of 'mass panic'
It is still unclear why a car crashed into pedestrians in west London, but people at the scene have reported panic and confusion.


I call bullshit - headline chasers :roll:
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#14  Postby felltoearth » Oct 08, 2017 3:10 pm

Yikes! Glad you're safe macdoc.
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#15  Postby Macdoc » Oct 09, 2017 1:49 am

Thanks
Yeah .....we were already a bit on overload with the sheer amount of people in the tube system in the inner city ....glad we beat the rush out as it turned out.

I guess to a point the terror campaign has worked ....many on edge and given some of the events over the year ...with some good reason.
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