In this Oct. 14, 2016, image provided by Claire Thorogood, Andrew Thorogood, left, and his daughters, Alexsandra, second right, and Georgia, right, smile next to Officer Keith Palmer, second left, outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Palmer was one of four people killed in an attack in Westminster while on duty at Parliament when he was stabbed to death on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Claire Thorogood via the AP)

The Latest: London police hero left lasting impression

March 24, 2017 - 6:50 am

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the attacks in London (all times local):


10:15 a.m.

He was the perfect British bobby, patiently and politely posing for a photo with a family of tourists from Australia, a wry smile on his face.

Keith Palmer, the policeman stabbed to death in the Westminster attack on Wednesday, left a lasting warm impression on the Thorogoods on that day last October, as he willingly posed with the family for a picture. Parliament, the building that Palmer was guarding when he was murdered, was in the background.

In a post on his Facebook page , Andrew Thorogood recalled how happy Palmer was "to pose with us for a photo once he learned that we had travelled all the way from Alice Springs."

Describing Palmer as "a genuinely nice bloke," Thorogood recalled that the officer "said he would love to visit Australia with his family one day."

Thorogood added that "he was happy to chat and smile for a photo ... whilst still remaining vigilant and carrying out his duties as a police officer."


8:30 a.m.

London's top terror officer says Khalid Masood, who attacked Britain's Parliament, killing four people and wounding some 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao.

Counter-terror chief Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing Friday outside Scotland Yard in which he also said there were two other significant arrests. That brought the total number of people in custody for the Wednesday attack to nine.

The attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central city of Birmingham.


8:20 a.m.

London's top anti-terror officer says two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, in central and northern England. Nine people are currently in custody, while one has been released on bail.

Counter-terror chief Mark Rowley on Friday also identified the latest victim, who died in the hospital on Thursday, as 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, south London.

The attacker, identified as Khalid Masood, drove his car into crowds of people on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, killing three and wounding some 50, before stabbing a police officer to death at the Houses of Parliament. He was shot dead by police.

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