Wesminster terror attack: Friend and colleague of Pc Keith Palmer leads tributes one year on



A close friend and colleague of the hero police officer stabbed to death in a terror attack as he guarded the gates of Parliament has praised the “proud and courageous” man on the anniversary of his death.

Pc Keith Palmer was killed by terrorist Khalid Masood as he stood guard at the Palace of Westminster.

As London prepared to mark a year on from the tragic event, Pc Palmer’s colleague and long-time friend Pc Shaun Cartwright paid tribute to the police officer.

And he relived the horrifying incident, describing how the attack unfolded on March 22 last year.

Tragic: PC Keith Palmer stationed in front of the Houses of Parliament, posing with visitors (Will Robins/Tyler Chatterley-Russell)

“Keith loved being a police officer, he just wanted to help people and do his best,” Pc Cartwright said in a statement.

“Keith was always happy, always the first to help anyone out, first in to work and the last one out.

Attack: Tobias Ellwood MP was one of the people who tried to save PC Palmer after he was stabbed  (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

“He was a proud and courageous police officer who did his job and never wanted any fuss or to be the centre of attention.”

He said Pc Palmer was “a true and loyal friend, utterly reliable” and added: “Most of all I will remember him as a family man who idolised his wife, daughter and his family; they’re the important ones that I think about a year on from the Westminster attack.”

The pair had previously worked together on the on the Territorial Support Group and Pc Cartwright was due to be on shift after Pc Palmer at the gates on the day of the attack.

Describing the moment the alert was issued, he told LBC: “I was getting myself changed when the alarm went off, that there’d been a terrorist attack, there’d been a large explosion in the area of Portcullis House, Westminster Bridge, so I quickly pulled on all of my kit.

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The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer is removed from Westminster’s Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in London before it makes its way to Southwark Cathedral

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Pall bearers carry the coffin of PC Keith Palmer into the Southwark Cathedral in London

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A police officer reacts outside Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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The funeral cortege of PC Keith Palmer makes its way from The Palace of Westminster to Southwark Cathedral

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The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer is removed from Westminster’s Chapel of St Mary Undercroft

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The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer is removed from Westminster’s Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in London before it makes its way to Southwark Cathedral

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A couple hug as a Police officer lowers his head as the hearse carrying the coffin of PC Keith Palmer

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The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer is removed from Westminster’s Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in London before it makes its way to Southwark Cathedral

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A man lays a single red rose in front of the police helmet of PC Keith Palmer

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The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer is removed from Westminster’s Chapel of St Mary Undercroft

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Police officers march towards Southwark Cathedral in London

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The names of fallen officers Pc Keith Palmer and Pc Gareth Browning are added to the National Police Officers Roll of Honour & Remembrance during a Police Roll of Honour Trust ceremony in London

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Cressida Dick (right) the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police arrives on her first day in the job, at Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Police officers arrive in Southwark for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Floral tributes at Parliament Square ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Security in Parliament Square before the Funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Security in Parliament Square before the Funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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London Metropolitan Police Officers (MPS) prepare to line the route of the funeral procession for PC Keith Palmer to the police funeral service at Southwark Cathedral

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Flowers at Carriage Gate Parliament Square before the Funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Floral tributes at Parliament Square ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Police officers arrive near Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Police officers arrive near Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Police officers and well-wishers line the route in Southwark as the funeral procession of PC Keith Palmer makes its way to Southwark Cathedral

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Police officers arrive near Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Security and flowers in Parliament Square before the Funeral of PC Palmer

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Police officers arrive near Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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London Metropolitan Police Officers (MPS) keep watch over the route of the funeral procession for PC Keith Palmer to the police funeral service at Southwark Cathedra

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Floral tributes at the Palace of Westminster ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Police officers arrive in Southwark for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Police officers arrive near Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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A young girl looks at floral tributes at Paliament Square ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer

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Police officers march towards Southwark Cathedral in London

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A couple watch as the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the recent Westminster attack, is transported from the Palace of Westminster

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The coffin of Pc Keith Baker is removed from Westminster’s Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in London

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Police officers line the route in Southwark as the funeral procession of PC Keith Palmer makes its way to Southwark Cathedral

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“It took me 30 seconds or so, run down towards the scene once I’d picked up my radio and battery and I went down to very close to the scene… I saw roughly what had happened.

“Obviously, we were unsure what was happening, whether it was going to be like a lone wolf attack or if it was a multi, marauding attack.

Funeral: PC Palmer was killed last year (Frank Augstein/AP)

“That’s the thing that most people were unsure about. We didn’t know whether the person was acting alone or whether he was part of a bigger team.”

He told LBC that getting back to work had been “incredibly tough for an awful lot of people,” especially for those that responded first of all, and that PC Palmer’s family were “coping as best they can, like people do in terrible circumstances”.

Mourning: He said that it had been hard for police officers to continue working after the attack (Jeremy Selwyn)

Senior officers are expected to attend a number of private memorial services on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the atrocity, but the force has not made details public.

Pc Palmer’s name will be one of 1,400 inscribed on the new UK Police Memorial being built in Staffordshire, commemorating officers who were killed on duty.



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