All the misinformation around the London attack you should be wary of
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The aftermath of any horrific attack can often result in a flurry of information – and misinformation – being circulated, as has been the case with the Westminster attacks. On Wednesday a man mowed down pedestrians – including schoolchildren – with his car on Westminster Bridge, before crashing the vehicle into the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament. There he stabbed a policeman before being shot dead by other officers. Four people have died – including the policeman and the attacker – while 29 victims are being treated in hospital, with seven in critical condition. As the details surrounding the attack continue to unfold, there have been several reports of misinformation you should be wary of. The attacker has not yet been named. Hours following the attack, Channel 4′s Senior Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel quoted a source identifying the attacker as Abu Izzadeen – formerly known as Trevor Brooks. However as news of the attacker’s so-called identity spread, it emerged Izzadeen was thought to be in prison. Izzadeen previously admitted to a “serious and deliberate” breach of counter-terrorism restrictions and was actually sentenced to two years in prison in January last year. Channel 4 later issued a statement apologising for the error.
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