Incident Watch

THE LATEST INFORMATION  ON CURRENT AND ONGOING INCIDENTS

During major incidents such as flooding, fires or other disruptive events, the latest information and regular updates will be posted here.

 


PHISHING ALERT – SPOOF BDMA EMAILS
(since 23 August 2017)

We are aware BDMA email addresses are being spoofed as part of a phishing attack.

Emails are being sent out which appear to come from BDMA email addresses requesting payment of an overdue invoice, or similar.

THESE DO NOT ORIGINATE FROM THE BDMA

As far as we can tell the majority of these emails are being received by people who are not on our current database.

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A SUSPICIOUS COMMUNICATION:

DO NOT open any attachment or click on any link in the email.

Please forward the email to Action Fraud via their dedicated email address for this type of incident
NFIBphishing@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk

If you are a BDMA Member or receive regular communications from the BDMA, please let us know if you have been targeted using the Contact Us form on this website.

WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT:

Our service provider has investigated the issue and confirmed it does not involve hacking, but there is unfortunately nothing we can do to prevent this happening, as it is out of our control.  We will provide updates should any further information become available.

We have reported the matter to Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, and will be providing them with updated information in order for them to pursue the offending party or parties.

We apologise to anyone who has been inconvenienced as a result of this incident,
which we regret is beyond our control.

Further information and updates will be posted here if the situation changes.

 


TOWER BLOCK FIRE – GRENFELL TOWER, WEST LONDON
(14 June 2017 at 00:54)

Latest updates via BBC LIVE STREAM

The Live Stream ended at 19:01 on 23 June. However, investigations and support for individuals affected will be ongoing for a considerable period of time.

The sequence of events can be reviewed via the above link for a limited period.

For anyone concerned about relatives or friends, or to report anyone missing who has now been found:
CASUALTY BUREAU: 0800 096 1233

Anyone with any images or footage of the #GrenfellFire is asked to send them to police investigators via http://ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

Updated information and testimony from victims and survivors can be found HERE

Grenfell Tower - LFB 14.06.17

14 June

13:37 – The fire brigade are continuing to battle the fire more than 12 hours after it broke out.

13:15 – London Fire Commissioner advised that a number of firefighters have been injured, but none seriously.
Firefighters managed to reach the 20th floor of the 27 storey block.

12:15 – 6 people confirmed dead. The death toll is expected to rise with many still unaccounted for.

10:53 – Police request: ‘If you’ve reported someone missing and they have been located it’s important to let Casualty Bureau know.’

09:00 – Fire not yet completely out and people still believed to be trapped.

08:15 – London Fire Brigade statement:

  • There are a number of fatalities – numbers unknown as yet
  • Over 70 people taken to 5 hospitals, 20 are in critical care
  • More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines on scene

The Tower Block is home to between 400-600 residents

A40 and surrounding roads closed.  Rail and Underground services affected.

Wide area around the block evacuated


TERRORIST ATTACK– LONDON BRIDGE & BOROUGH MARKET
(3 June 2017 at 22:00)

Latest updates via BBC LIVE STREAM

The Live Stream ended at 16:14 on 8 June.  The sequence of events can be reviewed via the above link for a limited period.


Home Office information sheet for people affected
includes links to Victim Support, Compensation, Mental Health support, etc.

For anyone concerned about relatives or friends
Casualty Bureau enquiries: 0800 096 1233
or
Friends and Family helpline
: 020 7158 0197

Anti Terror Hotline to report suspicious activity: 0800 789 321

Images or film of the incident – upload to: ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk (select Incident at London Bridge and Borough Market)


7 June

11:19 – Police searching for missing French national Xavier Thomas, 45, recover a body from the Thames, near Limehouse.

07:11 – A large part of the police cordon around the scene of Saturday night’s attack has been lifted this morning.  Borough Market and a small surrounding area remain closed.

07:00 – Further arrests in last 24 hours, including one in Limerick, Ireland


6 June

14:12 – NHS confirms 15 patients still in critical condition

11:18 – Third attacker named by police

11:00 – Minute’s silence held across the country

08:00 –

• Barriers put in place overnight across more bridges including London Bridge

• London Bridge mainline and Underground stations fully open, with some restricted access

• Police cordon unchanged


5 June

12:15 – All entrances/exits to London Bridge underground station have reopened with the exception of Borough High Street.

09:00 – Barriers have been put in place across Westminster Bridge. Similar arrangements planned for other bridges to prevent vehicles mounting the pavement.

08:30 – Police cordon still in place around the area of the attack

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08:00 – Police confirm further properties searched and individuals detained overnight

Identities of all the attackers are now known


4 June

22:00 – Confirmed cordons and road closures will remain in place affecting some journeys into London on Monday morning – commuters advised to check before travelling

15:46 – 21 people remain in a critical condition, some with life threatening injuries

13:09 – Police confirm 12 people arrested in Barking, believed to be the home of one of the attackers

09:00 – Situation update:

7 fatalities
48 people injured, including 4 police officers, 2 of whom have serious injuries
3 assailants were shot dead by police within 8 minutes of receiving the first 999 call

00:25 – Events confirmed as a Terrorist incident

Further information will be provided when available.



PREVIOUS INCIDENTS FLAGGED HERE:

MANCHESTER ARENA BOMBING
(22 May 2017 at 22:30)

Latest updates via BBC LIVE STREAM

The Live Stream ended at 04:01 on 26 May.  The sequence of events can be reviewed via the above link for a limited period.


27 May 17:30 – UK THREAT LEVEL REDUCED TO SEVERE

Status means attack highly likely, but not imminent.

25 May

18:30 – Wigan street closed off and residents evacuated. Action triggered by search of a property that was raided around midnight last night. Bomb disposal unit arrived on scene with special robot device. Residents told they may not be able to return for several hours. (Update: Residents were allowed to return to their homes at 21:30)

11:45 – NHS England confirms patient numbers as of 06:00 this morning:

  • 116 people received NHS inpatient care in relation to the Manchester incident
  • Of these, 23 patients are in critical care
  • They are being treated in eight hospitals across the area
  • The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is treating 14 under-16s, including five in critical care


11:30 – Army bomb disposal unit deployed in Hulme, Greater Manchester
, with several roads closed off. Suspicious package since declared safe.

09:00 – 9 people are now in custody, including a woman arrested this morning. (Update: the arrested woman has since been released).

08:00 – Police announce they have stopped sharing information with the US after the name of the bomber and other critical intelligence was leaked to US media, compromising the UK investigation.


24 May

06:30 – National Crime Agency appeal for any suspicions of terrorist activity to be reported on 0800 789 32

10:55 – Police announce 3 men have been arrested in south Manchester in connection with the ongoing investigation

11:10 – GMP release attack response timeline (@GMPCityCentre)

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15:45 – Police confirm they are investigating a ‘network’ in relation to the Manchester Arena attack.

• Four arrests have been made, including the brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi.
• A policewoman is confirmed to be among the victims.
• The Palace of Westminster (which includes the Houses of Parliament) has been closed to the public and will not re-open until further notice.

18:30 – Five people have now been arrested in the UK and two in Libya, in connection with the attack. These include the father and two brothers of the attacker.

19:00 – Ariana Grande’s concerts at the O2 Arena tomorrow and Friday have been cancelled.


Emergency hotlines – 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900 / 0800 096 0095
(for anyone concerned about relatives or friends who are not yet accounted for)

Police set up help centre at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, access Gate 11, for anyone who needs assistance in tracing loved ones.

BBC Newsround has a support page for children affected by the Manchester attack


23 May 21:40 – UK THREAT LEVEL RAISED TO ‘CRITICAL’ for only the third time ever.
Prime Minister confirms military personnel will be deployed to protect key sites under the command of police officers.

23 MAY

09:00 – The death toll stands at 22, with 59 injured.

The lone male suicide bomber, later named as Salman Abedi, died at the scene.  A 23 year old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Vigils attended by thousands are held in Manchester and around the country.

14:30 – Greater Manchester Police appeal for video footage from the event and the surrounding area to be uploaded for review

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12:00 – Arndale Centre temporarily evacuated and one person reported arrested following suspicious package find.  The Centre has since reopened.

 

Where to give blood:
Local Centres
Norfolk House Donor Centre, 7 Brown Street, Manchester, Lancs, M2 1DA
Manchester, Plymouth Grove Donor Centre
NHSBT, Manchester Centre, Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LL

To check opening hours or book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23.

You can find your nearest blood donation centre here.


TERRORIST INCIDENT IN WESTMINSTER –

(22 March 2017)

Latest updates were provided via the BBC LIVE STREAM

The Live Stream ended at 21:21 on 24 March.  You can view the sequence of events via the above link for a limited period.

24 March – The BBC continues to provide ongoing information as more details come to light and police outline specific information they are seeking from the public.

23 March 17:30 – Roads are being closed in the area surrounding Trafalgar Square ahead of candlelit vigil.

The incident occurred around 14:.45 and parliament buildings remained in lock down until 19:30 hrs, with some Members of Parliament being evacuated to Westminster Abbey.  The police cordon, covering a few square miles, was further extended.  Much of the cordon remains in place. Live traffic reports and details of road closures are available on
the TFL Traffic status website.

PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed, died at the scene. Confirmed deaths have risen to 5, including the perpetrator Khalid Masood who was shot by police.  Over 40 others have been injured, seven of whom were critical.

At present police are satisfied there was only one assailant.  However premises were raided overnight in Forest Gate (East London), Wales, Surrey, Sussex and Birmingham. Eight people are understood to have been arrested.  Indications are that the car used in the attack was hired in Birmingham.

The Metropolitan Police Casualty Bureau numbers are 0800 056 0944 and 0207 158 0010.

Anyone worried about family or friends involved in the incident should call Casualty Bureau on either number listed above and choose Option 1.

Anyone involved in the incident, please call Casualty Bureau on either number listed above and choose Option 2.

A ‘Safety Check’ page on Facebook allowed people to confirm that they were are safe.


STORM DORIS – (23 February 2017)

Latest information across the UK followed via the BBC LIVE STREAM

The Live Stream ended at 19:03 on 23 February.  You can view the sequence of events via the above link for a limited period.


RISK OF TIDAL FLOODING – EAST COAST (13-14 January 2017)

No significant flooding occurred during the storm surge and this is no longer of concern

Information is constantly updated by the main agencies.

HOW TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF FLOODING – statement issued by the ABI
ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PROPERTY OWNERS is available on the ABI website
TWITTER can be a valuable source for the most immediate news: @EnvAgency  @MetOffice  @HighwaysEngland  while guidance is regularly posted by  @BritishInsurers  @floodre

Flood Warnings for England, shown on our Home page, are always current

and link directly to the Environment Agency for full details

THE BBC LIVE STREAM ENDED at 05:10 am on 14 January

Status report from the BBC at 05:10 am 14 January:

Storm surge updates: Here’s what happened

Thanks for joining us for our live updates covering the predicted storm surges
and flooding along the east coast of England and icy weather across the rest of the UK.

  • Most places have escaped the predicted flooding as a change in wind direction meant the high tide and tidal surge did not hit at the same time.
  • Residents evacuated in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk are being advised they can return to their homes.
  • Seventeen severe flood warnings remain in place.
  • Forecasters predict another cold day is in store for most of the UK with a chilly north-westerly wind.
  • It will stay dry and sunny for most, but wintry showers will blow into Wales and the south-west, soon turning to rain. Some snow showers may affect the far east of the country.