• ynl

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all of Liverpool st station has been shut down about half hour ago. People are milling in the streets. The area immediately out the front of Liverpool St station on Bishopsgate as well as Liverpool St itself has been cordoned off.6 police carrier van things. 3 plain police cars as we can tell.

As of 1500PM they've opened everything back up again, and everything is returning back to normal.
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Police are raiding the Peabody Estate in Notting Hill, North Kensington (near the Ladbroke Grove, Westborne Park and Notting Hill Gate Stations.) A cordon has been thrown around a wide area. Several homes have been raided and there have been a number of controlled explosions. No report of stations being closed as yet.

I am approximately 1/2 mile away, near enough to hear and see the helicopters going overhead but nothing else. I am giving details from the TV News. They did not mention the roads in the area but I would assume that several will be closed. The situation is on-going at present. Most recent reports state that some police are wearing gas-masks. (This is a very crowded urban area.)

Posted 1.30p.m. BST from North Kensington.

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BBC: Shot man not connected to bombing

Following up on this post:

"A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday's London attacks was unconnected to the incidents, police have confirmed.

A Scotland Yard statement said the shooting was a "tragedy" which was regretted by the Metropolitan Police."

Full article is here

Edit: BBC is now naming the man who died as Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, a Brazilian electrician. It also mentions that "The Brazilian government has expressed its shock at the killing and Brazil's foreign minister Celso Amorim is on his way to London to get an explanation from foreign secretary Jack Straw".
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Transport, &c.

A brief update on tangential matters of moderate interest:

FGW are reporting, as was true yesterday also, that trains between town and the West are operating on a regular schedule. No one, rail-side or HMG-side, has yet addressed, I suppose for operational reasons, the extent to which service may be slowed and a higher security presence put in place for and until Monday (Ted Heath's funeral in Salisbury).

There has been increased security screening at Australia House, with all the Antipodeans in town.

MCC are standing by previous declarations, to the effect that play will not be daunted by increased risk. (The way England are playing, there are those who might welcome an excuse to put off the fixture.) The MCC members do continue to seek better insurance and legal shielding against potential liability against some bugger's targeting Lord's.

No new security measures have been announced that I can see for Goodwood or for Cowes; should I hear of any, I'll say as much.

Poll - Have the bombings and scares changed your mind about visiting London?

[ Mods, please delete if inappropriate, but I'm curious as to the current mood, in the light of yesterday's and today's events ]

I've created a poll asking if the bombings and scares have changed peoples' minds about visiting London, and would be very grateful if some of you could take a moment to answer. It's only short: just six questions.

Many thanks.

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