Those of us with family and friends in London will

Those of us with family and friends in London will

first_imgThose of us with family and friends in London will have checked in and established their safety following yet another terror attack – the news reaching Australia in the early hours of yesterday morning that the areas around London Bridge and Borough Market had been targeted on Saturday night [local time].Agents with clients holidaying in London will no doubt have spent a busy Sunday, particularly those whose clients were staying in hotels in the area – including the Novotel Southwark – most of which were evacuated via fire alarm around 10.15pm [local time] and whose guests were gathered in the streets and then instructed by police to make their way urgently from the area to safety – some in their pyjamas, most without their possessions.Pubs, restaurants and locals opened their doors and hearts to the injured, the scared and the confused as police urged everyone on the streets to immediately ‘flee’ and find somewhere safe to hide.Social media again showed its best side when Londoners came out in force to immediately offer strangers beds, friendship, cups of tea, food, warmth, shelter, safety and rides home and to alternative accommodation.As world leaders condemned the attacks via social media and offered condolences to the loved ones of the dead and injured, and solidarity with the people of London and the UK, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that state law-enforcement officials have been instructed to increase security at high-profile locations in NYC – airports, bridges, tunnels and mass-transit systems. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that two Australian families have been ‘directly impacted’, and New Zealand authorities have confirmed that a Christchurch man has undergone surgery as a result of stabbing injuries. More details will emerge – of both the tragedy and the heroism – in the coming days. If any Australians are unable to make contact with family and friends in London directly, call 1300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia, for consular assistance. #London Bridgelast_img

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