As it happened - Woolwich attack

Key points

  • Police called to 'frenzied machete attack' in Woolwich, south-east London, in which one man, reported to be a soldier, died
  • Incident now being treated by the government as a suspected terrorist attack, says the BBC's Nick Robinson
  • Reports suggest a man was attacked in the street by two individuals who were later shot by officers
  • Video footage emerges showing a man wielding a bloodied meat cleaver and making political statements
  • Home Secretary Theresa May chaired a meeting of Cobra, the government's emergency response committee, describing the attack as "sickening and barbaric"

Live text


  • Alex Morrison 
  • Chris Lansdown 
  • Nigel Pankhurst 

Last updated 25 May 2013

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