Young boxers witness 'police officer being stabbed with knives' in Westminster attack

Young boxers witness 'police officer being stabbed with knives' in Westminster attack
Emergency personnel close to the Palace of Westminster in London.

Young British boxers have told of their shock and horror after witnessing the violent attack outside the Palace of Westminster.

The group from Great British Boxers were leaving a press conference ahead of the World Series Boxing event against Italy in York Hall on Thursday when they came face to face with the alleged assailant.

Frazer Clarke, 25, from Burton-on-Trent, was walking to the coach with his teammates when he witnessed the horror.

He told the Press Association: "We heard a loud bang and screaming and then I noticed some smoke. I thought it was a car crash.

"I looked towards the front gate and people were running, a police officer and a fellow coming to the gate with two knives.

"He was stabbing the police officer with the knives.

"He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black of grey top and what looked like work boots.

"The police officer was stumbling and fell on the floor.

"Another police officer walked toward the guy with the knives and shot him twice. I didn't think they were proper bullets, they seemed like rubber bullets.

"Then people started shouting at us to get inside.

"Time stood still and I was shocked. The first thing I thought was this was a terrorist attack.

"It all happened so fast."

Pat McCormack, 21, from Washington in Tyne-on-Wear added: "I saw him stabbing the office in the back of the head and the back of the neck.

"He was running away but then he collapsed.

"I wasn't scared.

"I just couldn't believe what was happening."

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