BREAKING: Man shot in '˜Parliament terror attack'
A man was shot by police in a terror alert outside the Houses of Parliament this afternoon.
Eywitness reports said sounds similar to gunfire had been heard near the Palace of Westminster,
The Commons was suspended and MPs advised to stay in the chamber.
MPs were told that there were unconfirmed reports of other incidents in the area. A car is said to have driven into at least a dozen people at Westminster Bridge.
One eyewitness said a man apparently armed with a knife had stormed through cordons outside Parliament and attacked a policeman.
The assailant was shot by other officer.
Sky News has reported that an air ambulance has landed near the Commons and an area near the building has been cordoned off by police.
The Press Association said there was a major security alert at the Palace of Westminster after a man apparently carrying a knife charged through the gates into the front yard of the parliamentary compound.
Amid shouts and screams, sounds similar to gunfire rang out.
Two people were seen to be lying within Old Palace Yard, immediately outside Westminster Hall.
The sitting in the House of Commons was suspended while police officers sealed off the area around the incident.
Immediately before the incident, at around 2.45pm, a crowd of passers-by was seen running from the direction of Westminster Bridge and around the corner into Parliament Square.