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US News Family of Westminster attack victim Pc in bid to halt inquest

13:26  14 september  2018
13:26  14 september  2018 Source:   msn.com

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An inquest will get underway today into the death of PC Keith Palmer, and the four other victims of the Westminster terror attack last year. Each bereaved family has been asked to provide a pen portrait of their loved one to be read out at the inquest .

Keith Palmer: The funeral of Pc Palmer © Provided by The Press Association The funeral of Pc Palmer

The family of murdered police officer Keith Palmer have made an 11th hour bid to halt an inquest into his death after being refused legal aid.

The Old Bailey heard they are “extremely distressed” that nobody from the Metropolitan Police has spoken to them to let them know there was an issue surrounding the absence of armed officers in place to protect their brother.

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Pc Palmer, 48, was positioned on the Carriage Gates outside the Palace of Westminster when he was knifed to death by Khalid Masood, 52, on March 22 last year.

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Family say Aysha Frade was apprehensive about working in area before being struck by Khalid Masood’s car.

Pre- inquest hearing into March 2017 attack , which killed five people and Masood, will aim to provide answers to victims ’ families . Tobias Ellwood receives award from Police Federation for giving first aid to PC Keith Palmer after Westminster attack .

Susannah Stevens, representing his sisters, Angela Clark and Michelle Palmer, applied to adjourn the inquest into his death on the fifth day of the hearing on Friday morning before evidence relating to the officer was due to begin.

“Their application for funding so that they could have lawyers at this inquest was refused by legal aid agency on Thursday last week,” she said.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Police officers stand on Westminster Bridge as it is closed following yesterday's attack. on March 23, 2017 in London, England. Four people have been killed and around 40 people injured following yesterday's attack by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) © Getty LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Police officers stand on Westminster Bridge as it is closed following yesterday's attack. on March 23, 2017 in London, England. Four people have been killed and around 40 people injured following yesterday's attack by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) The Metropolitan Police, on the other hand, have been represented by a QC and a junior barrister since the beginning of the process, Ms Stevens added.

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She said lawyers had been acting pro bono for them, but appealed to the coroner Mark Lucraft QC to help.

“At a time when they should be able to focus on the facts and issues arising from the death of their relative they should not at this time be in a position where they have no clarity as to funding,” Ms Stevens continued.

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The lawyer asked the coroner to make “observations” about the need for the sisters to be represented at the Old Bailey inquest in addition to Pc Palmer’s widow, Michelle, who is already represented separately.

Ms Stevens said it was clear by last summer, at the latest, that there was an issue about armed officers “not being in close proximity to Pc Palmer when he was stabbed to death”.

“For 15 minutes there were no authorised firearms officers anywhere near Carriage Gates,” she said.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Police walk over Westminster Bridge as it is opened to the public on March 23, 2017 in London, England.  Four people have been killed and around 40 people injured following yesterday's attack by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) © Getty LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Police walk over Westminster Bridge as it is opened to the public on March 23, 2017 in London, England. Four people have been killed and around 40 people injured following yesterday's attack by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) “The family are extremely distressed by the fact that nobody from the Metropolitan Police Service spoke to them to let them know there was any issue.”

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Family . Travel. The first victim of the Westminster terrorism attack had been in London for only two and a half hours before he was knocked down and killed, an inquest has heard.

Pre- inquest hearing into March 2017 attack , which killed five people and Masood, will aim to provide answers to victims ’ families . PC Keith Palmer's body to lie in chapel in Palace of Westminster .

The lawyer asked for witnesses from New Palace Yard to be put back.

She said: “The difficulty for the family as such (is) if no further time is provided at all and if evidence is called today that impacts on Pc Palmer, we are going to have to carefully review our professional obligations.

“We are simply not in a position to question those witnesses who were present in New Palace Yard.”

Nicholas Moss, counsel for the Parliamentary Authorities, opposed Ms Stevens’ request for an inquest jury to be brought in.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Police cycle over Westminster Bridge as it is opened to the public on March 23, 2017 in London, England.  Four people have been killed and around 40 people injured following yesterday's attack by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) © Getty LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Police cycle over Westminster Bridge as it is opened to the public on March 23, 2017 in London, England. Four people have been killed and around 40 people injured following yesterday's attack by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) He said: “Pc Palmer’s death resulted from Masood’s evil actions, full stop.”

He said any questions of “missed opportunities or steps that could have been taken” would be properly explored, but not require a jury.

Hugo Keith QC, for the Met, rejected criticism levelled at police over disclosure.

He suggested Ms Stevens’ comments were made in order to assist with a further bid for legal aid funding and to “create headlines”.

Coroner Lucraft rejected her applications, saying the inquest would be “thorough and detailed”.

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