Cressida Dick said armed officers may not have been able to prevent the Westminster terror attack
Several marksmen were nearby when Khalid Masood drove towards Parliament killing four people, revealed new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
But she insisted it is not certain they could have stopped the slaughter, during which PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death at the Palace of Westminster.
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner insisted it's not certain they could have stopped the slaughter The funeral of PC Keith Palmer in pictures Mon, April 10, 2017
The funeral of the police officer who lost his life in the Westminster terror attack is scheduled for today at 2pm. His body was transferred to the Palace of Westminster yesterday, where a private memorial service was held for members of his close family
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Police officials and mounted police lead the hearse carrying the coffin of London Metropolitan Police Officer PC Keith Palmer during his funeral parade
She told LBC radio’s Nick Ferrari: “There were several armed officers within the vicinity protecting Parliament.
“We did protect Parliament. It’s an absolute tragedy Keith was killed. I really don’t think we can be certain that an armed officer would necessarily have been able to protect themselves or to intervene earlier.”
Police officers representing every force in England and Wales attended PC Keith Palmer's funeral
Police officers representing every force in England and Wales was there on the day to say a final farewell to their colleague.
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It was Commissioner Dick's first public engagement in her new role.