The scene of the attack
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Met defends Woolwich attack response time

The Metropolitan Police has defended the way it responded to reports of the killing in Woolwich, south London, after questions were raised about how long it took officers to reach the scene.

The force said police were there within nine minutes of the first emergency call and firearms officers were at the scene five minutes after that.

Mayor Boris Johnson was heckled when he visited the area.

BBC London's Home Affairs Correspondent Guy Smith spoke with Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, former Metropolitan Police Commander John O'Connor and Roger Gray, a former firearms officer.

  • 24 May 2013