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Three remain in custody during investigation over Liverpool Women’s hospital blast

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Three people remain in custody following a car explosion outside of a Liverpool hospital that killed one person and injured another, according to The Guardian.

Counter-terrorism police and MI5 are investigating after a taxi burst into flames outside of Liverpool Women’s hospital at 10:59am on Remembrance Sunday.

Police have confirmed that a male passenger was declared dead at the scene and that three men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act.

The driver of the taxi, now officially named to be David Perry, from Kirkdale, is in stable in condition after escaping the vehicle before the flames could spread.

Mr Perry has not been arrested and speculation has suggested that he locked an attacker in the car after becoming wary of suspicious activity.

Patients at the hospital have been told to attend appointments as normal following Sunday’s explosion.

There is still a police cordon in place and officers are stopping vehicles for checks as they approach the building.

The hospital has also confirmed that visiting arrangements have been restricted until further notice.

The mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, said: The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital.

“Well, we knew that the taxi driver had stood out and locked the doors, we knew that early on.”

A statement released by the hospital said: “Anyone with appointments at the hospital will notice an increased Security and Police presence on site.

“Where possible we ask that anyone attending the hospital avoids bringing their vehicle.

“Anyone with a car should park either in the overspill car park on Mulgrave Street (off Upper Parliament Street) or in designated parking spaces in residential areas near to the hospital.

“Patients are advised to keep checking the hospital website for further details.”

Image source: ITV

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