‘Hero’ cabbie locks passenger in taxi before bomb detonated near hospital in Liverpool

Explosions and smoke at Liverpool Women's Hospital

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The taxi driver, named locally as David Perry, is reported to have stopped his vehicle outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital after locking his passenger inside the vehicle when he noticed he was carrying a “device”. While the bomb-carrying passenger was stuck in the cab, Mr Perry then exited his taxi.

The male passenger, who has not been formally identified, is reported to have been the incident’s lone fatality and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It has since been reported Mr Perry has been admitted to hospital where he is in a stable condition and is being treated for his injuries.

GB News’ Dan Wootton, 38, responded to the reports by tweeting: “Liverpool taxi driver Dave Perry may well have saved hundreds of people from a Remembrance Day terrorist attack at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

“God bless this great Briton.

“A hero.

“And God damn the scumbags who continue to try and inflict their cowardly terror.

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“They will not win.”

According to the Sun, Kev Cuthbertson, who claims to be a friend and colleague of Mr Perry, wrote on Facebook: “It’s my mate who got blown up.

“He’s in a bad, bad way.

“He’s a fellow driver on delta.

“He’s had his ear sewn back on, got burns and shrapnel wounds and other pretty serious injuries.

“He is a hero, when he noticed the bomb, he locked the scumbag in the car.

“But took the brunt of the blast.”

Billy Irwin posted to say: “David nearly paid the ultimate price to save others, apparently not giving anything a second thought besides making sure he went above and beyond to keep the people of Our City safe!”

The explosion was reported to police at 10.59am, just seconds before Britain came together to mark Remembrance Sunday’s 11am silence.

Police confirm three men aged 29, 26 and 21 in the city’s Kensington area have been arrested under the Terrorism Act in connection with the incident.

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Greater Manchester Police said detectives from Counter Terrorism Police North West “continue to keep an open mind” about what caused the explosion.

They are also said to be “working closely with colleagues at Merseyside Police as the “investigation continues at pace”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 57, said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by the awful incident in Liverpool today.

“I want to thank the emergency services for their quick response and professionalism, and the police for their ongoing work on the investigation.”

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