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High Court judge ‘should oversee Westminster terror attack inquests’ says home secretary

PUBLISHED: 14:23 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 19 May 2017

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Dartford-born khalid Masood drove his car into people on Westminster Bridge before stabbing former Bromley Pc Keith Palmer

Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood. Pic MET POLICE Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood. Pic MET POLICE

The home secretary wants a High Court judge to oversee the inquests of those who died in the Westminster terror attacks.

James Eadie QC, for the government, told a pre-inquest hearing on Friday that this was the best way of achieving an “efficient, effective and speedy inquest”.

This was on the basis that there may be sensitive national security material relating to the incident which could only be viewed and assessed by a designated judge.

He made his submissions at a hearing of Westminster Coroner’s Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Dr Fiona Wilcox, senior coroner for Westminster, said it was an “important issue” and invited submissions from interested parties to be sent to the chief coroner for consideration.

Inquests into the deaths are not expected to be heard before early next year - and decisions have yet to be made on the number of inquests and whether they will all involve a jury.

Five people were killed by Dartford-born Muslim convert Khalid Masood in the March 22 attack.

He drove his car into people on Westminster Bridge before stabbing former Bromley Pc Keith Palmer inside the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.

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