Who is David Perry? David Perry is taxi driver in Liverpool and become on hero in liverpool with his “heroic efforts” averted what could have been an “awful disaster” on Remembrance. said city’s mayor.
His cab pulled up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital and exploded just before 11:00 GMT, as the national two minutes’ silence was due to begin.
Joanne Anderson praised the cabbie, named locally as David Perry, for “locking the doors” before the blast.
The taxi passenger died at the scene and Mr Perry was taken to hospital.
Taxi driver Perry did not suffer life-threatening injuries and has since been discharged from hospital.
“His heroic efforts has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster,” said Ms Anderson.
“We knew the taxi driver had stood out; the taxi driver locked the doors.
“Our thanks go to him.”
According to Mr Perry statement to police, he have picked up a man in the Rutland Avenue area of Liverpool shortly before 11:00 GMT on Sunday. [Also Read: Track your Child tax credit payment which arrives today]
The man asked to be taken to the Women’s Hospital, a journey of around 10 minutes.
As the taxi arrived at the hospital’s drop-off area, the car exploded. Mr Perry is believed to have escaped the car as it did so.
Authorities declared this explosion as a terrorist incident.
Merseyside Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said he had yet to receive a full account of the incident from Mr Perry who was still “shaken and injured”.
Mr Jackson said it appeared to have been an “unremarkable journey” to the hospital and he could not confirm reports the driver had locked the doors of the taxi before the explosion..
The dead passenger has not yet been formally identified.
Four men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act, while MI5 is assisting regional counter-terrorism police.
Detectives from Counter Terrorism Police North West said three men – aged 29, 26 and 21 – were detained in the Kensington area of the city late on Sunday.
A fourth man, aged 20, has since been arrested.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson Statement
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also praised Mr Perry’s actions. Mr Johnson said: “It does look as though the taxi driver in question did behave with incredible presence of mind and bravery.”
Armed officers have carried out raids on properties on Rutland Avenue near Sefton Park, and around Sutcliffe Street and Boaler Street in Kensington.
Specialist officers remain outside a house on Rutland Avenue, in an operation police say is linked to the explosion.
A large cordon, guarded by uniformed officers, remains in place and a number of residents were evacuated.
Fund Raising for Mr.Perry
An online fundraiser started by people involved in the taxi trade in the city has already raised nearly £15,000.
Organiser Jenny Phillips said the appeal was “simply to help a family and a good guy who didn’t deserve this, and has a lot of recovery to do but deserves a medal for his actions”.
She told the Liverpool Echo: “We waited until we knew more details of what had happened and we were shocked.
“His family have since been in touch and said there are a number of other fundraisers that have been set up but are not official and the family are concerned people will be giving money to people they do not know.”
What is the Patients Reaction?
Carl Bessant, whose partner had just had a baby, was inside the hospital at the time of the blast.
“My partner is really shook up to be honest,” he said.
“We were so close and she was feeding the baby when it happened. We heard a loud bang and looked out of the window.
“We saw the car on fire and someone jump out… screaming, and there was someone inside the car.
“The hospital shut down, no-one in or out, so they said, but people were using the back entrance.”
What is the situation at Liverpool Women’s Hospital?
A police cordon remains in place around Liverpool Women’s Hospital, although it remains open for patients. Visiting arrangements have been restricted until further notice, the hospital said.
Officers could be seen at the entrance to the building and were stopping cars for checks as they entered the car park.
An investigator wearing a white forensics suit and carrying a jerry can and funnel was seen outside the hospital. Two fire engines were parked in the car park near a blue forensics tent.
Liverpool Women’s Hospital receives about 50,000 patients annually and is the largest hospital in its specialism in Europe.