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Tourists locked inside London Eye pods amid major security alert

The attraction says it is in constant contact with its guests.

Image: Sky News - screengrab

A NUMBER OF tourists have been stuck in pods in the London Eye, amid a major security lockdown in the centre of the city.

Police shot a suspected attacker outside the Houses of Parliament after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a “terrorist” incident earlier.

The building in the heart of the British capital was immediately sealed off and MPs and staff ordered to remain inside. Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed to safety.

The London Eye confirmed that all guest were being held within the attraction, in line with procedure – issuing a statement on Twitter:

There are a number of other tourist attractions in the area, including the London Dungeon and the National Gallery.

Parliament was put on lockdown immediately after the incident, with politicians and staff ordered to remain inside.

Television pictures showed a red air ambulance landing on the grass square opposite the parliament building and other emergency vehicles swarming nearby roads.

Westminster Bridge and the Westminster Underground station which serves parliament and the surrounding political district, have been closed off.

The Department of Foreign Affairs here has said it is aware of an incident and is monitoring developments closely through the Irish Embassy in London.

Anyone with serious concerns may contact:

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Assistance Unit on 01-4082527
  • For those in London, the Consular Unit of the Irish Embassy can be reached on on +44 207 2352171

- With reporting from AFP 

Updates: Man shot by police, up to 10 people injured outside British House of Commons >

Read: Theresa May ‘bundled into car’ by police with firearms drawn >

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