No armed officers were present to protect murdered police constable Keith Palmer as a terrorist went on a rampage through Westminster, an inquest has heard.
The Old Bailey heard Mr Palmer’s family have been left “extremely distressed” that nobody from the Metropolitan Police has spoken to them to let them know there was an issue surrounding the absence of armed officers in place to protect their brother.
Pc Palmer, 48, was positioned on the Carriage Gates outside the Palace of Westminster when he was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood, 52, on March 22 last year.
Susannah Stevens, representing his sisters, Angela Clark and Michelle Palmer, told the hearing: “For 15 minutes there were no authorised firearms officers anywhere near Carriage Gates.
“The family are extremely distressed by the fact that nobody from the Metropolitan Police Service spoke to them to let them know there was any issue.”
The inquest, which encompasses the entire terror attack during which five people were killed, also heard from witnesses who heard a rescuer shouting “come on son” to Pc Palmer amid desperate attempts to save his life.
Officers ran to help PC Palmer, 48, after Masood had crashed his hired car and run into New Palace Yard where he stabbed the officer who had stumbled by a low wall.