Eight Bexley police officers were at the ‘chaotic’ scene of London Bridge terror attack
PUBLISHED: 10:36 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 06 June 2017
None were harmed in the attack
The welfare of eight Bexley police officers is being checked over after they were called to the London Bridge terror attacks on Saturday night.
Two sergeants and six constables from the borough were in London as part of routine patrols, which have been stepped up in the wake of the Westminster attack in March.
The attack saw a van plough through pedestrians on London Bridge, before three men emerged armed with knives, attacking members of the public in Borough Market.
Seven people were killed, as well as all three terrorists, who were shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the 999 call.
The trio were named as Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba on Tuesday.
Borough commander Stuart Bell told us: “On Saturday we had eight officers already deployed in London on patrol, as part of a scheme which sees all London boroughs contribute officers during events in the capital.
“None of them were directly involved with the terrorist attack but they were on London Bridge as it happened and were involved in evacuating people during a very chaotic and difficult period on Saturday night.
“We’re checking over the officers to make sure they are all okay, none were harmed in the attack but they were shook up.”
Up to 48 people were injured in the attack, including three Met Police officers and a British Transport Police officer.
One of the officers, who was off-duty and based in Southwark, remains in hospital in a serious condition.
A dozen arrests were made on Sunday and police have raided six east London properties in Barking and Newham.
One of those arrested, a 55-year-old Barking man, has been released without charge.
In the wake of the attack, barriers have been fitted along Westminster, Lambeth and Waterloo bridges after the attack proved similar in method to March’s Westminster attack, when Dartford-born Khalid Massoood killed five people by ploughing a car into pedestrians before stabbing unarmed police officer PC Keith Palmer.
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