Edge Hill students caught up in London attack

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Ambulances at the scene of the Westminster terror attack. Screengrab © Sky News

The terror attack in Westminster which claimed the lives of five people today also left two Edge Hill University students injured, as security forces shot a man armed with a knife to stop him from entering Parliament.

One of the injury victims has been named as Travis Frain from Darwen, who was on a field trip to London with the university when the terrorist incident occurred this afternoon.

It has been confirmed that there are five deaths – including the attacker – and around 40 others have been injured.

The assailant, who earlier drove a car at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, was shot dead by armed policemen rushing to the aid of a stabbed comrade who later died.

A spokesperson from Edge Hill University told JMU Journalism: “Some students and lecturers were down there because there was a field trip at the Houses of Parliament. We have since spoken to them and been in contact with all of the people who went on the trip and they have all been accounted for.

“A couple of them have sustained minor injuries as far as we know, but we can’t confirm the exact nature of the injuries at the moment.” It was later reported that one student had a head injury and another had a damaged wrist.

Speaking to the Guardian, Angela Frain, Travis’ mother, said: “The police officer just said he was in good spirits and he’s waiting to be x-rayed. I think that’s just for minor injuries.

“I haven’t got any information at all. When I spoke to him at 3.20pm it was just a quick call to say that he was OK. I’m hoping to hear back from him in the next few hours but at this point that’s the only information I have.”

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A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with those affected by the attack at Westminster today.

“The investigation into that incident is ongoing and I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the people of Merseyside that their safety is paramount.

The Houses of Parliament were at the centre of today’s attacks. Pic © Martin Richards Wikimedia Commons

“There is currently no specific threat to any particular locations, or areas, on Merseyside, but we have reviewed our resources as part of a range of measures to reassure communities and make sure we are well protected.

“Officers will, as always, be asked to be vigilant and passing attention will be given to key locations.

“At times at like this it is vital that all communities pull together and support each other. Everybody, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism. Be vigilant. If you suspect it, report it.

“Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. We would encourage you, if you do see any suspicious activity, to call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or call police on 101.”