London Bridge survivor: I want police to use different sirens in event of terror attacks

A survivor of the London Bridge atrocity has called for police to use different sirens during terror attacks, claiming the move would gain “vital minutes” and save lives.

Kimberley Shearer, 27, said it is “only a matter of time” before terrorists carried out a similar attack on the capital’s streets and that emergency services must be “more prepared”.

Eight people were killed when three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and went on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market on June 3.

Ms Shearer was on her way to the Shard for a silent disco with her best friend, but stopped off in the London Grind pub near London Bridge to shelter from the rain.


Kimberley Shearer was caught up in the attack on June 3

She watched in horror as the terrorists began their rampage, saying the scene descended into “chaos” as people tried to figure out what was happening.

Ms Shearer, who works in marketing, said: “My mate was facing me and on the table next to me I just saw the guy shoot up. I could tell by his face that something was up.

“The guy on the table just ran out and then we looked behind us and saw a lady lying on the floor. We thought maybe she’d been drunk and fell and we didn’t know what was going on.

“There was quite a lot of panic, it started to descend into a bit of chaos. We saw the van outside the window that crashed into the pub.”

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Ms Shearer said she even considered walking back across London Bridge to the disco, believing there had just been a car accident outside the pub.

It was only by checking Twitter the pair realised they were caught up in a terror attack and took shelter in nearby restaurant.

Ms Shearer added: “It all changed when someone charged towards the door and it started to dawn on us. We still don’t know to this day whether that was one of the terrorists.

“We didn’t know how many people there was, whether they had, guns, knives, bombs. We weren’t told to shut the doors until five, six minutes in.

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“It felt like an eternity, but it must have only been 15 minutes from start to finish. We heard the gunshots and we were hoping that that would be the end of it.”

Ms Shearer has since started a petition to see emergency vehicles fitted with different sirens for terror attacks, claiming that people have become “immune to sirens”.

She added: “It would have warned a lot of people, they were continuing to walk out of the tube station because they didn’t know what was going on. It would give a lot of vital minutes.

“It’s just a question of when this will happen again, it’s the easiest act to do and this would help a lot of people in the area.”

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