Children from South Yorkshire school caught up in terror attack

Children and staff from a South Yorkshire school have been caught up in today's terror attack in London.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 5:56 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:21 am
Emergency services at the scene in Westminister.

A group of pupils from Herringthorpe Junior School in Rotherham had reportedly gone on a trip to Westminister today where a number of people were killed and injured in an attack.

A spokeswoman for the school confirmed none of the party were hurt.

She said: "We are receiving a lot of calls from concerned parents this evening as you would imagine but we can say everyone is safe and well."

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Scotland Yard said four people, including an armed police officer and a man believed to be the attacker, died in a terrorist incident near the UK's Houses of Parliament.

Mark Rowley, acting deputy commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, said the attack started when a car was driven over Westminster Bridge and hit up to 20 people, including three police officers who were on their way back from a commendation ceremony.

He said after the car crashed, a man armed with a knife "continued the attack and tried to enter Parliament."

He then stabbed an officer protecting Parliament before being shot by police.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee later tonight.