Lancashire student hurt in London terror attack

Morecambe student Owen Lambert is treated after being hit by a car on Westminster Bridge. He was caught up in the terror attack at the Houses of Parliament. PHOTO: by Carl Court/Getty Images
Morecambe student Owen Lambert is treated after being hit by a car on Westminster Bridge. He was caught up in the terror attack at the Houses of Parliament. PHOTO: by Carl Court/Getty Images

A Lancashire student has been injured after being caught up in the terror alert at the House of Parliament.

A party of 13 politics students and a lecturer from Edge Hill University in Lancashire were at Westminster at the time of the attack.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, in the Speaker's Chair, is among MPs in lockdown in the House of Commons

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, in the Speaker's Chair, is among MPs in lockdown in the House of Commons

One of them, 18-year-old Owen Lambert, was hit by a car in the melee on Westminster Bridge.

He has posted on his Facebook page that he suffered minor head injuries after being hit by a car on Westminster Bridge.

He says that the car came out of nowhere. He was taken to a hotel to be checked over by paramedics. He is being taken to hospital. Paramedic has said he needs a few stitches.

Dr John Cater, Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University, told BBC North West Tonight: “They had just actually finished their session, were leaving the Parliament building and in the Westminster Bridge area where we understand ... they were involved in the incident.

Police close to the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Police close to the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

“We understand that two students have been taken to hospital but as walking wounded - one with a head wound and one with a wrist injury. There are two other students who have minor injuries who are with police and acting as witnesses.

“The good news is that the other nine students are now back in a hostel receiving support and will return to the North West tomorrow.”

He added: “The details are invariably hazy I guess. Our assumption is that they were either knocked over by other people or struck by the vehicle. Obviously all of them will be somewhat traumatised by what they have seen as well.”

A student from Darwen, Travis Frain, was also hurt, with a broken rib and hand injuries.

The students had been due to meet West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper at the Houses of Parliament.

She said: “I had been meeting with this group of Edge Hill students & lecturer at 2pm.

“Thoughts are with those fatally and critically injured in this attack and our brave emergency services for their response and their protection.”

A number of students from Runshaw College in Leyland were also in London today, but were not thought to be in the vicinity of the attack.

A Runshaw College spokesperson told the Post: “It was a joint Social Sciences and Law trip.

“They were due to come back this evening and I think that’s still in place as regards the train.”

County MPs spent several hours on lockdown inside the Houses of Parliament after the attack.

Shocked Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle spoke of the horror that had unfolded earlier immediately after he was released from ‘lock down’ by police this evening.

The Deputy Speaker had been chairing a debate in the Commons chamber when the security alert was issued.

He said: “This is an absolute tragedy.

“People have lost their lives today, including those who are here to protect Parliament. A police officer has died in the line of duty.”

He said MPs were in the middle of a vote when the building “went into complete lock down.”

He added: “It’s been very tense, but we got through it.

“But my heart goes out to those who have lost their lives.

“I’m going to get further updates

“We’ve still got bodies out here.

“We’re still managing to get people away from the House of Commons.

“We prepare for this but you never think it’s going to happen.”

Preston MP Mark Hendrick said: “I was on my way to get something from the cloakroom when about half a dozen officers with sub-machine guns ran past me and screamed at me to get back into my room and stay there.

“It’s very disconcerting. It took me back to 7/7 when the bombings happened. I was on my way into Parliament that day.

Around half an hour after the attack, former cabinet minister Anna Soubry claimed she and the Security Minister, Ben Wallace MP - the Preston North and Wyre MP - were ordered into the Parliament lobby “at gun point” by police officers.

“Colleagues taken out of the library at gun point by counter terrorist armed police officers,” she tweeted.

“Armed officers ordered myself and Security Minister into lobby at gun point. Terrifying,” she said.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris, speaking from Westminster, said: “What from I can gather, a man was shot by a plain clothes officer. We don’t know anything more than that.

“One of my colleagues saw it happen. He is not in a good place.”

Tim Farron, the Preston-born Liberal Democrat leader, tweeted: “Currently with a shell shocked group of MPs at New Scotland Yard having been evacuated following the attack. Police doing an incredible job.”