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A hero taxi driver allegedly locked a passenger in his cab before jumping out moments before a bomb was detonated, according to reports.
The driver, who has been named locally as David Perry, is said to have pulled up outside Liverpool Women's Hospital yesterday morning, (Sunday, November 14), just before the UK fell silent at 11am for Remembrance Sunday.
Mr Perry is said to have locked a man in the vehicle after "noticing the device".
The man was declared dead at the scene after a fire erupted and took hold of the car, and has not been formally identified.
Mr Perry is now recovering in hospital in a stable condition after being treated for his injuries, which police have said are not life-threatening.
Locals have praised the alleged actions of Mr Perry, calling them heroic.
One wrote: “David saved so many lives today at the risk of his own life, David saved his city.”
Another said: “David Perry today put his life on the line and nearly paid the ultimate price to save others apparently not giving a second thought for himself.”
Liverpool Mayor Anderson told the BBC that the actions of the taxi driver injured in the explosion “saved many lives”.
Fundraisers have been set up to support Mr Perry and his family with thousands raised in a matter of hours (£9,983), almost completing the £10,000 goal in less than a day.
Counter-terrorism police have arrested three men in connection to the incident, aged 21, 26, and 29.
They were detained by Counter Terrorism Police North West officers in the Kensington area of the city under the Terrorism Act, however, the incident has not yet been declared a terrorist incident.
Armed police swarmed Rutland Avenue yesterday evening and a large cordon was put in place, with neighbours not allowed to return home for some time.
Officers with 'negotiators' on their uniform were spotted at the scene, reports the LiverpoolEcho, and remained in the area for a number of hours.
Merseyside Police said: “Unfortunately, we can confirm that one person has died and another has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, which thankfully are not life-threatening.
“So far we understand that the car involved was a taxi which pulled up at the hospital shortly before the explosion occurred.
“Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything.”
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“We are keeping an open mind as to what caused the explosion but given how it has happened, out of caution, Counter Terrorism Police are leading the investigation supported by Merseyside Police.”
The hospital was shut for several hours and has been closed 'until further notice' with patients being diverted to other health centres.
Clips of the explosion surfaced online which showed a car engulfed in flames and later a burnt-out vehicle.
Witnesses said they heard the 'boom' of the blast and then saw black smoke billowing into the sky.
Police, fire and ambulances descended onto the scene and a helicopter was spotted hovering overhead.
The bomb squad were also deployed after the blaze, as patients were turned away.
The city’s mayor Joanne Anderson said last night: “This morning’s tragic incident at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital has understandably caused a great deal of concern.
“Given the police investigation is ongoing, we need to refrain from speculation so that the facts can be established.
“The emergency services have been excellent in their handling of this incident and I offer them my sincere thanks. The response time to the scene was fantastically swift and the vehicle fire was out within minutes ensuring any other damage to property or harm to individuals was contained.
“This incident has clearly had a big impact on the hospital itself, especially the patients, their families and staff.
“The next 24 hours will be critical to the investigation, as a result the hospital will need to cancel patient visits to assist this process."
Liverpool Women's Hospital specialises in women and babies and featured on hit Channel 4 TV show One Born Every Minute.
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