London Bridge terror attack: How the horror unfolded - timeline and the facts as we know them

London Bridge terror attack: How the horror unfolded - timeline and the facts as we know them

Police were out in force at London Bridge on Sunday morning

Sunday, June 4, 2017

London was once more coping with the aftermath of a terror attack on Sunday morning after seven people were killed and 48 injured in the London Bridge area on Saturday night.

Here is what we know about the timeline of the atrocity...

10.07pm on Saturday - Ambulance services were called to reports of a white van ploughing through pedestrians on London Bridge, arriving within six minutes.

10.08pm - Police were also called to the scene.

The white van crashed outside The Barrowboy & Banker pub on Borough High Street, where three men left the vehicle and apparently ran down steps and along Green Dragon Court, heading towards Borough Market where they began stabbing people in pubs and restaurants.

Witnesses said three men ran into the Black And Blue restaurant on Stoney Street and began stabbing people indiscriminately, including one person in the face and neck.

 knifeman also stormed the El Pastor restaurant on Stoney Street, forcing diners and staff to take shelter.

Another man, journalist Geoff Ho, was stabbed at the Southwark Tavern. Witnesses saw injured people in the Mudlark pub, while others at the Katzenjammers Bierhall in Southwark Street helped a person who had been stabbed.

Police searching for the knifemen went through bars and restaurants as staff and drinkers hid. 

10.16pm - Eight minutes after police were called three male suspects were shot dead by marksmen near the Wheatsheaf pub on Stoney Street. 

The men were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later found to be hoaxes.

At least 48 patients were taken to five hospitals, London Ambulance Service said, with more than 80 medics having been sent to the scene.  

12.25am on Sunday - Both incidents were declared by the Metropolitan Police as terror attacks. 

Shortly before 4am - Police confirm six people were killed in the rampage. 

A third incident at Vauxhall was a stabbing and unrelated, Scotland Yard said.

Sunday morning, around 10am - Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the number of victims from the London attack had risen to seven.

Sunday morning - Police carried out raids in Barking, east London, though the Met could not immediately confirm any link to the attacks.

Sunday morning, 10.35am - After chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK was experiencing a "new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism" as she condemned the terror attacks.

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