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 Metropolitan Police Press Statements
Bridget
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Metropolitan Police Service - Working together for a safer London

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'One week anniversary' bombings appeal
Police Appeal for assistance

One week on from the four explosions in central London that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds, the Metropolitan Police Service is renewing its appeals for witnesses and information.

At approximately 08:50 on Thursday July 7, there were three explosions on underground trains. Two were on Circle Line trains close to Aldgate and Edgware Road stations, and the other on a Piccadilly Line train near King's Cross.

At 09:47 in Tavistock Square, WC1, there was a fourth explosion on a number 30 bus to Hackney Wick.

Anyone with information about the bombings or the people involved, which could be useful to the investigation, is urged to call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Alternatively, pictures, footage and information can be submitted online at www.police.uk .

See larger version of the appeal poster Opens in a new window [134kb]

Recap

On Thursday July 7, four devices exploded in London.

Explosions on three Underground trains occurred within seconds of each other at approximately 0850.

The explosions were on:


Circle Line train travelling from Liverpool Street to Aldgate station. The device was in the third carriage of a train approx. 100 yards into the tunnel.

Westbound Circle Line train coming into Edgware Road station, approx. 100 yards into the tunnel. The explosion blew a hole through a wall onto another train on an adjoining platform. The device was in the second carriage, in the standing area near the first set of double doors.

Piccadilly Line train travelling from Kings Cross to Russell Square, approx 600 metres into the tunnel. The device was in the first carriage, in the standing area near the first set of double doors.

A number 30 bus travelling towards Hackney Wick. The explosion occurred at 09:47 in Tavistock Square, WC1.


The number of fatalities currently stands at 52. These are:

7 from the Liverpool Street/Aldgate incident

7 from the Edgware Road incident

25 from the Kings Cross/Russell Square incident

13 from the bus

Forensics officers are still examining all four scenes.

Around 700 people were injured, with 350 requiring hospital treatment. 53 people are still in hospital, eight of which are critical. 76 Family Liaison Officers have been deployed.

The following is a short summary of the progression of the body recovery and identification operation and the criminal investigation:

July 7
Casualty Bureau opened on the afternoon of Thursday July 7. Members of the public who were concerned that friends or relatives may have been affected by the explosions were asked to call us on 0870 1566 344. Calls reached their peak between 1500 and 1600, when we took more than 42,000 calls.

By Thursday night most of the roads closed by cordons around the four sites had been opened, with cordons remaining in place in Woburn Place, Tavistock Place, Burton Street, Flaxman Terrace, Edgware Road and Chapel Street.

Following the attacks, extra policing patrols were put in place across the capital, with officers from the MPS, City of London Police and British Transport Police providing visible reassurance, advice and support.

July 8
By 06.00 on Friday July 8, Casualty Bureau had taken 103,087 calls. More than 200 staff from 23 police services worked round the clock answering calls, using new technology that enabled forces other than the Met to answer calls.

Initial forensic investigation suggested each device contained less than 10 pounds of explosive and pointed to the devices on the Underground having been left on the floor.

An Identification Commission was established, chaired by the Coroner and consisting of the Senior Police Identification Manager, a Pathologist, a Orthodontist, a Home Office representative and anyone else who the coroner wishes to sit on it.

July 9
On Saturday July 9, a Family Assistance Centre was opened in Victoria staffed by Family Liaison Officers and trained staff from support agencies including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Victim Support. The centre was set up to provide a central point of information for people searching for loved ones and to offer support and advice.

Evidence had established that the three explosions on the Underground happened within seconds of each other. The roof of the bus in Tavistock Square was taken away for forensic examination and fingertip search of the area begun.

As part of the UK's continuing close liaison with agencies across the world, a briefing was held for international members of the Police Working Group on Terrorism, together with London-based police liaison officers with whom the MPS has regular, established contact. Around 30 countries were represented.

July 10
An appeal is launched for any photos and video footage of the incidents. By Monday more than 250 emails had been received.

July 11
A temporary mortuary was opened at the Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, EC1. The first formal identification was confirmed and an inquest opened.

By 05.00 Casualty Bureau had received 115,663 calls.

By the afternoon, investigators had taken more than 200 witness statements, 1134 actions were raised, 2160 calls to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline had been received and 2,500 CCTV tapes collected.

A Field For Flowers was opened in Victoria Embankment Gardens at 1200, wherewell-wishers are welcome to leave floral tributes and sign a book of condolence.

More than 200 community representatives from across London met for a community reassurance event, 'Communities Together', hosted by the MPA, MPA and GLA.

July 12
Representatives of the Sikh community met senior MPS officers to address concerns raised at yesterday's 'Communities Together' event.

The Family Assistance Centre moved from Victoria to the Royal Horticultural Hall in Vincent Square, SW1P.

MPS officers, supported by officers from West Yorkshire Police, executed search warrants issued under the Terrorism Act 2000 at six addresses in West Yorkshire. A controlled explosion was carried out at one address to ensure safe entry. One man was arrested under the Terrorism Act and remains in custody at a central London police station.

MPS officers, assisted by officers from Bedfordshire Police, examined a vehicle in the car park of Luton railway station. Nine controlled explosions were carried out on material found in the car, following which the car was deemed to no longer present a danger to the public. It was then removed for further examination by the MPS.

By Tuesday, the investigation had led the MPS to have concerns about the movements and activities of four men, three of whom came from the West Yorkshire area. We are trying to establish their movements in the run up to last week's attacks, and specifically to establish if they all died in the explosions. Three of the search warrants were executed at home addresses of these three men.

CCTV footage showed the four men, each carrying a rucksack, at King's Cross station shortly before 08.30 on the morning of July 7. One of the men who set out from West Yorkshire was reported missing by his family to the Casualty Bureau shortly after 22.00 on July 7. We have established that he was joined on his journey to London by three other men.

Personal documents bearing the names of three of those four men have been found, close to the seats of three of the explosions:

Property belonging to the man reported missing was found on the Route 30 bus in Tavistock Square.

Property in the name of a second man was found at the scene of the Aldgate bomb. Property in the name of a third man was found at the scene of both the Aldgate and the Edgware Road bombs.

We have very strong forensic and other evidence that one of the men died in the explosion at Aldgate. This is subject to formal confirmation by the Coroner.

July 13
22 people have had their identity confirmed by the Identity Commission and we have been able to release details of 14 of these according to the wishes of families.
Bulletin 0000000219 14 July 2005


Met Police July 13th
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The Antagonist
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Not so much a 'statement' but information from DAC Clarke given at a security conference in Germany in early April:

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Bomb investigator says UK threat still high

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent
Tue Apr 4, 3:53 PM ET


BERLIN (Reuters) - Investigations into last July's London suicide bombings are proceeding with no let-up but the terrorist threat to Britain has not declined, the country's top anti-terrorism investigator said on Tuesday.

"Since July, the pace of investigation, the scale of the threat has not diminished in any way whatsoever," Peter Clarke, the national coordinator of terrorism investigations, told a security conference in Germany.

He added: "There are no terrorist-free zones in the United Kingdom. The footprint of international terrorism is in every part of the country."

Clarke declined to give a progress update on the London bomb probe, which he said involved more than 35,000 documents, 10,000 witness statements, 38,000 police exhibits and 90,000 pieces of computer evidence.

Asked about the extent of foreign backing and support for the four young Muslim men who blew themselves up on the London transport network on July 7, 2005, killing 52 people, Clarke told Reuters: "That's something we're still looking at."

Three of the attackers who carried out Western Europe's first suicide bombing were British-born men of Pakistani origin, and the fourth was born in Jamaica.

Several of the plotters had traveled to Pakistan before the bombings, but police have not said publicly if they believe they received training, support or instructions from there.

Clarke said he had just returned from a trip to Pakistan but this was to discuss broader cooperation issues, not specifically the July 7 investigation.

INTELLIGENCE

Commenting on the wider threat from Islamist radicals, he told the conference he was concerned about the difficulty of getting sources inside the Muslim community to come forward with intelligence.

"Most of the cases that we have in the United Kingdom are as a result of intelligence that has come from overseas, or from technical means. There is not the wealth of intelligence that I would like coming from within the communities," Clarke said.

"We must do more to build our links into the Muslim communities, so that those who wish to reject extremism and expel the extremists and give information about them can have the confidence to do so."

Clarke said several "hugely important" terrorism trials in Britain this year would present a test for the courts and judicial system.

"These are cases, the like of which have never come before the British courts before. The international dimension, the sources of evidence, the types of evidence ... will not have been tested before in our courts," he said.

"It will be a real test to see whether our system, and the rules of evidence, are capable of dealing with these issues."

In one of the cases, described by police as Britain's biggest terrorism trial since the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, seven Britons went on trial last month charged with plotting to carry out bomb attacks.

Six of them were arrested in 2004 during raids in which police found 600 kg (1,320 lb) of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make bombs.

Source: Yahoo News
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Metropolitan Police Authority report that contains info on July 7th incidents, haven't had time to read it all yet:

http://www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/ppr/2006/060424/08.htm
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Here's all the references to July in that document. There may be some additional nuggets in the rest of the document:
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4. July and August saw a shift in geographical focus to Lambeth, Newham and Southwark to tackle street crime, gun-enabled crime, violent crime and disorderly behaviour. Selected objectives included: reduce predetermined hotspot patrol area by 20%, reduce the number of street crimes and violent behaviour and improve the number of stop and search/arrest records relating to identified targets. Approximately 80% of objectives were met. In addition, Operation Theseus, in response to the London bombings, commenced in early July, absorbing a significant proportion of corporate resources for the following six weeks.

....

9. CO11 Public Order Branch objectives include the safe and efficient delivery of public order events and to achieve this without un-necessarily impacting on staffing levels across the organisation. This is measured by the abstraction to aid rate of borough OCU officers (5% cent reduction on the previous year), and the amount of aid sourced from non-borough OCUs (target rate is 2.5%). Actual rates fluctuate according to the demands placed on the MPS, however, during July abstraction rates significantly increased, not only as a result of demand created by Operation Theseus, but also as a result of the MPS’s commitment to police large public order events. Progress has been made to bring abstraction levels within target: three of the last four months since October have been significantly within target levels, and aid sourced from non-BOCUs falls just below target (2.2%).

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22. Overall, this has been a very successful year for TSG. The OCU has made significant contributions to most aspects of policing the capital and three examples of operational successes are summarised below. A large number of police officers and police staff have been awarded commendations in recognition for the work they have undertaken, including some who have been awarded Commissioner’s High Commendation for their efforts during the tragic events of 7 July. Once again the willingness, flexibility and professionalism of the entire staff has ensured that the TSG has been able to meet and often exceed organisational expectations.

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38. New legislation, which came into force on 6 July 2005, meant that police could seize uninsured vehicles and to date (July - December 2005) 640 vehicles has been seized by the ANPR Intercept teams.

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54. The OCU made a significant contribution to the MPS’s response to the events on the 7 and 21 July 2005. Explosives search dogs and handlers were amongst the first police units to arrive at Edgware Road and Russell Square underground stations and Tavistock Square. The Marine Support Unit assisted in the evacuation of Canary Wharf and facilitated the safe removal of many thousands of people from there; the only public transport system kept running was the river bus service.

....

65. The ASU played a key role in the events of 7 July 2005 and a selection of these is provided below:

* The ASU was the first pan-London unit to arrive on scene overhead each bomb incident. The aircraft provided a ‘real time’ command and control platform down linking images to the special operations room.
* The aircraft gathered evidence using still and video image capturing techniques for use by the SIOs.
* The unit continued to provide two aircraft 24 hours a day for several days following the incidents. Carrying out public reassurance patrols and supporting the numerous operations being conducted by various specialist departments during the immediate aftermath.
* The ASU also provided transport for specialists nationally at very short notice when rapid deployment of specialist knowledge and skills was essential.

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66. The Dog Support Unit (DSU) provides General Purpose (GP) dogs and handlers to support crime initiatives and tasks on priority BOCUs. They also provide a ‘tasking unit’ to support the ‘Tasking Together’ group. An increase in the number of explosives search dogs and handlers has enabled the DSU to provide a 24 hours a day pan-London response vehicle and to develop enhanced tactical options, including CBRN capability and Marine Legion patrols in support of the Marine Support Unit (MSU). In July 2005, the Dog Training Establishment transferred from the Human Resources Directorate to Central Operations, thereby creating a unified MPS Dog Section under one command for the first time.

....

71. The DSU made a significant contribution to the MPS’s response to the events of the 7 and 21 July 2005. Explosives search dogs and handlers were amongst the first police units to arrive at Edgware Road and Russell Square underground stations and Tavistock Square. The dogs were used to clear rendezvous points and to search the railway stations, tunnels, the devastated trains and the bus for secondary devices in extremely difficult conditions. The actions of the dogs and handlers concerned will be recognised by way of Commissioner’s Commendations and National Service Dog Bravery and Achievement Awards.

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72. GP dogs were deployed to provide security at the bomb scenes for several days and specially trained victim recovery dogs were deployed in the underground tunnels to search for remaining human body fragments, prior to the crime scenes being cleared. Several previously undiscovered fragments were recovered as a consequence.

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74. The events of the 7 and 21 July 2005 had a major impact on the delivery of MSU policing services. Immediately following the first attacks, a significant high visibility policing River Thames contingency plan was put into effect to provide reassurance to the community and enhance the response capability - the unit also helping to co-ordinate the evacuation of thousands of people from Canary Warf on the river Thames. (Remember the reports of shootings at Canary Wharf on July 7th?)

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83. Over this financial year TOCU officers have arrested 8732 (includes March figures which have to be confirmed) and this is a 24% increase over the same period last year. The arrest rate per officer has been higher every month this year compared to the same month last year except July when policing activity was diverted after the London bombings. Of the people arrested, 63% were for offences of theft, criminal damage, assault or anti-social behaviour, those offences that most affect the public perception of safety.

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Operations

* Operation Blunt - Metwide initiative to tackle knife enabled crime
* Operation Routeburn - a Havering Borough initiative to tackle violent crime in Romford town centre
* Operation Gamma - a Hackney Borough initiative to disruption of class A drug supply and associated robberies
* Operation Neon - tactical deployment of armed patrols working in conjunction with other technical options such as ANPR to disrupt armed criminality
* Operation Bustag - transport OCUs initiative to tackle criminal damage on London's buses
* Operation Theseus - MPS response to terrorist incident in July 2005

Theseus?

Thanks for posting the link, I hadn't realise that the cops could seize uninsured cars as of July 6th. Maybe, one day they'll fit ANPR cameras with lasers so they can vapourise the car and the obviously international criminal/terrorist driver in one fell swoop?
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FOI request to the Met:
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Sir Ian Blair in a report to the MPA 2005/06 Annual Report claimed that the MPS issued approx 25 press statements in regard to the explosions on the transport system in London on 7th July 2005.

Could I please have copies of all the press statements and public statements issued by the MPS in regard to these incidents.
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Bridget
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QUOTE
Dear Ms. Dunne

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2007030008420

I write in connection with your request for information which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 26/03/2007.  I note you seek access to the following information:

Sir Ian Blair in a report to the MPA 2005/06 Annual Report claimed that the MPS issued approx 25 press statements in regard to the explosions on the transport system in London on 7th July 2005.
Could I have copies of all the press statements and public statements issued by the MPS in regard to these incidents?

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request.  If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you choose not to make payment then your request will remain unanswered.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of complaint.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the MPS.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write or contact Courtney Allen on telephone number [..........]  quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Courtney Allen
Support Team Officer

A very nice police officer named Nigel Parsons has just phoned me to apologise for the delay in getting these to me. He will try to get them out by next Wednesday. I asked him if he could also find the original bus poster issued and then withdrawn from the MPS website. He said he'd try.
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QUOTE (Bridget @ Mar 26 2007, 12:26 PM)
FOI request to the Met:
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Sir Ian Blair in a report to the MPA 2005/06 Annual Report claimed that the MPS issued approx 25 press statements in regard to the explosions on the transport system in London on 7th July 2005.

Could I please have copies of all the press statements and public statements issued by the MPS in regard to these incidents.

I've only received those issued on the 7th, I'm waiting for the press releases issued since that date:
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press.bureau.mps@gtnet.gov.uk <press.bureau.mps@gtnet.gov.uk>
07 July 2005 09:34  Major incident Aldgate LT Station - Latest from Scotland Yard

At approx 0850 on 7.7.05 we were called to Aldgate LT stn to assist the City
of London police and BTP regarding an incident on the underground system.
All of the emergency services are on scene.
There have been some casualties.
This has been declared as a major incident.
Too early to state what has happened at this stage.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 10:20  Update on major incidents - Latest from Scotland Yard

At approx 08:50 on 7.7.05 we were called to Aldgate LT stn to assist the
City of London police and BTP regarding an incident on the underground
system.
All of the emergency services are on scene.
This has been declared as a major incident.
Too early to state what has happened at this stage.
There have been further reports from multiple locations in London of
explosions. It is too early to say what has caused these explosions.
Police are responding to reports from:
Edgware Rd
Kings x
Liverpool St
Russell Sq
Algate East
Moorgate underground stations.
Furthermore there has been a confirmed explosion on a bus in Tavistock
Place.
The MPS, BTP, City of London Police are working together to ensure officers
are deployed to each scene.
There have been reports of numerous casualties but it is too early to say
numbers at this stage.
NOT FOR PUBLICATION: As soon as the situation is clarified further
information will issued

07 July 2005 10:49  URGENT Media facilities re major incident - Latest from Scotland Yard

A spokesperson from the MPS will be giving interviews at the Millbank
Studio, Millbank from 11:15 onwards.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 10:53  Notice to broadcasters - Latest from Scotland Yard

Broadcast media should set up their links INSIDE the Millbank Studio.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 11:41  Statement from Commissioner - Latest from Scotland Yard

Comments by Commissioner:
There have been at least six explosions in London this morning.
We are advising members of the public not to travel into London. Public
transport in London will be affected in the next few days.
We are also asking members of the public not to contact police at this stage
unless it is a genuine emergency.
We are co-ordinating the other emergency services in responding to this
major incident.
We will be issuing a telephone number shortly for worried relatives.
It is too early to confirm the numbers of casualties at this stage.
We hope to have the situation under control very soon.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 12:05  DAC Paddick available for interviews re major incident - Latest from Scotland Yard

DAC Brian Paddick will be available for interviews relating to the major
incidents in London this morning at Millbank Studios from 12:30 onwards.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 12:18  Update Re Explosions - Latest from New Scotland Yard

There are now four confirmed sites where police are dealing with reported explosions. These are:

1) Russell Square and Kings Cross underground
2) Moorgate, Algate, and Liverpool Street underground
3) Edgware Road underground
4) Tavistock Square where there has been a confirmed explosion on a bus.

The emergency services are working together in a co-ordinated response and liasing with hospitals to rescue those injured.

The London Underground system has been suspended however the Network Rail system is still in operation. We would urge anyone who doesn’t need to come into London today not to do so. If you are already in London wherever possible please limit travelling around the capital.

The Met continues to respond to 999 emergency calls but non emergency calls will have a seriously delayed response.

We cannot at this stage confirm the number of those injured, though casualties are multiple. There are believed fatalities but numbers again are not confirmed.

All published information will be available on www.met.police.uk.

07 July 2005 12:43  Pooled Footage Available - Latest from New Scotland Yard

NOT FOR PUBLICATION:
The BBC have been allowed into the inner cordon at Aldgate, where they have filmed the emergency services. This footage will now be available on a pooled basis through the main BBC Newsdesk.

07 July 2005 12:52  Media Centre Opened - Latest from New Scotland Yard

NOT FOR PUBLICATION:
A media centre has been opened at the QE2 Centre, SW1.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 13:16  Media Centre Update - Latest from New Scotland Yard


FOR OFFER:
A multi-agency media centre has been established at the QE2 Centre in Westminster. This centre will be used by spokespeople from the operational agencies involved in this disaster to brief the press. A joint services press conference will be held at 3.00pm today at the Conference Centre where further details of the emergency response will be given. At this conference will be talking heads from the MPS, LAS, LFB and TfL. There will be an opportunity for one-to-ones afterwards.
The QE2 Centre will be the focal point for all press briefings in relation to this disaster response until further notice.
The emergency services and other agencies spokespeople will base themselves at this venue.
The QE2 Centre will not be taking press enquiries and these should still be referred to the relevant emergency service concerned.
It is purely a facility that the media can use to access talking heads

07 July 2005 13:31 School children journeys home - Latest from New Scotland Yard


There is likely to be some disruption to children's journeys home from
schools. Schools will be liasing with local education authorities to ensure
that children are kept safe until arrangements can be made with their
parents to collect them.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 14:03    UPDATE re Explosions - Latest from New Scotland Yard

UPDATE:

We are issuing the following advice to the public:

Stay where you are for the time being

Tune into TV, radio and relevant websites

Don't come into London or cross it

Emergency services have responded robustly and are coping. Contingency planning is in place and an emergency plan has been implemented - all services are responding.

We can confirm that there have been a number of explosions, but it is too early to speculate what might be behind these explosions - and this would not be useful.

A number of casualties have been taken to hospitals across London. We can confirm that there have been some fatalities; there are no figures available at this early stage. We will not speculate on numbers at present.

Casualty bureau will be opening shortly, as will an emergency line for public information and advice.


07 July 2005 14:50  Incorrect Casualty Bureau Number - Latest from New Scotland Yard@14:54

The MPS have not yet issued a telephone number for Casualty Bureau. We
understand that some media have publicised a number which is incorrect,
please ensure they remedy this.
As soon as we have the number for Casualty Bureau we will let all media
know.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 15:14  URGENT MESSAGE: Latest from New Scotland Yard

Casualty Bureau is not fully operational at this stage. We request that
media do not run the emergency number until it is ready as it could
potentially affect the running of it. We will advise when it is fully open
as soon as possible.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 15:22  Casualty Bureau Fault - Latest from New Scotland Yard

At this time there is a technical fault with the Casualty Bureau. MPS staff
are on standby to deal with calls as and when the fault rectified - we hope
this will be rectified shortly.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 16:17  Casualty Bureau now operational - Latest from Scotland Yard

The Metropolitan Police Service Casualty Bureau has now opened.
Members of the public who are concerned about relatives or friends who may have been affected by today's incidents in London are asked to call us.
We would also like to hear from people who were injured or involved in the events to let us know they are safe.
This line should be used for this purpose only and NOT for general enquiries.
The number to contact is 0870 1566344.
If you are unable to get through straight away please be patient as demand is likely to be high.
We would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to gain an accurate picture of the whereabouts of people believed to have been involved in the incidents
Anyone who has managed to get home is advised to contact their relatives and those who will be worried about them. This will help relieve the pressure on the casualty bureau.


07 July 2005 18:03  Major incident update including casualty figures - Latest from Scotland Yard


08.51 - Liverpool Street Station - confirmed explosion in a carriage 100 yds into the (Liverpool St-bound station) tunnel. Walking wounded emerging from the line at Kings Cross. Believed train involved is Central or Circle. Seven confirmed fatalities, 10 seriously injured, 100 walking wounded.


08.56 - Kings Cross / Russell Sq incident - Both stations are being used to extract casualties. All injured have now been dealt with and at 12.30 LAS has withdrew from Russell Sq.
Two mortuaries are being set up at the Royal National Hotel and the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury.

21 confirmed fatalities and others injured.
09.17 Explosion on train coming into Edgware Road underground station approx. 100 yards in the tunnel. There was an explosion on a train which blew through a wall onto another train on an adjoining platform.
There five fatalities and others injured.
Three trains believed involved.

09.47 Explosion on a bus at Upper Woburn Square junction with Tavistock Place. There are fatalities still on the bus - not known how many. We estimate many casualties.
There were four devices in total.
There was no warning to police and we have not received any claims of responsibility.
It was a callous attack on purely innocent members of the public deliberately designed to kill and inflict maximum injury

07 July 2005 18:13  Updated casualty figures - Latest from New Scotland Yard at 18:00

Updated casualty figures are as follows:

Total number of fatalities is 37.

21 at Kings Cross / Russell Square
7 at Edgware Rd
7 at Liverpool St
2 on the bus at Upper Woburn Place

Total number of casualties is 700.

Of those, 300 were taken to hospital by ambulance.

The other casualties were not taken by ambulance, but presented themselves to hospital. This explains the increase in casualty numbers from previously released figures.

07 July 2005 18:22  Casualty Bureau Update - Latest from New Scotland Yard at 18:20

Casualty bureau is open and operating on 0870 1566344.

Members of the public who are concerned about relatives or friends who may have been affected by today’s incidents in London are asked that wherever possible in the first instance to try and contact those they are concerned about direct.

If they are unsuccessful and still have concerns that their friends or relatives may have been injured in the events then they are asked to contact casualty bureau on the number above.

We are experiencing a very high volume of calls to this line. At present we are receiving 42,000 calls per hour. As a result we would urge anyone phoning to please be patient whilst we continue answering as many calls as possible.

We initially did experience some technical problems with the casualty bureau number but these have now been resolved and the line is operating.

Anyone with enquiries re travel information should contact Transport for London on 020 7222 1234 or www.tfl.gov.uk .

07 July 2005 18:35  URGENT UPDATE - Latest from New Scotland Yard at 18:34

The suspect package at Victoria Bus Station has been given the all clear.
Press Bureau
New Scotland Yard

07 July 2005 18:49  Travel arrangements and 999 calls - Latest from New Scotland Yard at 18:47

With regard to travel arrangements were are encouraging the public to refer to the Transport for London website www.tfl.gov.uk which is being regularly updated.
All emergency calls should go through the 999 system. Non-emergency calls should be directed to local police stations. Any inquiries regarding travel arrangements should be made to TfL website or other travel information services.
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07 July 2005 20:36  Advice to travellers - Latest from Scotland Yard

There will be disruption on the transport system on Friday. If people think they may have a problem getting to work they should give serious consideration whether or not to come in.
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MPS

07 July 2005 21:15  Press Briefing at 11:00 on Friday 8/7/05 - Latest from NSY at 21:00

There will be a Press Briefing at 11:00 on Friday 8/7/05 at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster.
There will be no facilities overnight, or prior to the 11:00 briefing on Friday.

07 July 2005 23:41  Update re Cordons - Latest From Scotland Yard at 23.40hrs

FOR OFFER: Police have re-opened the majority of the roads previously closed
by cordons.
Cordons remain in place in Woburn Place, Tavistock Place, Burton Street and
Flaxman Terrace.
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