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London in shock after attacks

Reporter: Ros Childs

ROS CHILDS: But first to London where the city remains in shock nearly 30 hours after a series of
bombs exploded there, killing at least 52 people and injuring more than 700. In the past day, as
Londoners slowly try to pick up the pieces of normal life, the Metropolitan Police have launched a
massive intelligence investigation. Their immediate aim will be to find out who was responsible for
the attacks and to pinpoint precisely how they were carried out. Prince Charles has been visiting
the injured in hospitals around London to offer his support. And throughout the capital, people
have resumed travelling to and from the centre of the city. Well, our Europe correspondent Jane
Hutcheon has been out on the streets today and she joins us now.

Jane, what's the mood in London today?

JANE HUTCHEON: Well, it was as grey day weather-wise and a grey day in atmosphere. A lot of people
walking to work. Of course, there are several Underground rail stations that are still closed.
Buses are working, but still a bit of difficulty getting around the centre of London. People
obviously spoke of needing to get back on to the trains, back on to the buses, but really quite a
sombre feeling to the capital. Added to that is that police have told people who don't need to come
into the city, who don't need to go to work today, to stay at home and hopefully over the next two
days it's a weekend, the transportation system will be able to get back up and running for Monday.

ROS CHILDS: So, Jane, are many offices closed today and there have been reports that some schools
in the centre are closed also.

JANE HUTCHEON: That's right. There have been a few schools actually around this area in central
West London and also offices and businesses and restaurants, last night the theatres were closed.
Again, people just (a) feeling in quite a, sort of, low mood and (b) trying to keep off the streets
as emergency services and investigators continue their work around those four particular bomb
sites. Those particular sites are still cordoned off to people and investigations are still
continuing.

ROS CHILDS: Jane, in the hours immediately following the attacks, we heard many people say they'll
try to carry on as normal in defiance of the bombers. Do you think things can really return to
normal after an event like this?

JANE HUTCHEON: Well, this is not the first time London has come under a terrorist attack.
Obviously, this is the biggest to date and it was a very shocking attack taking place at various
places throughout the city. But the city will get back together. I mean, I want to give you a
flavour, too, of what people saw as they went to work this morning. These sort of pictures - I
don't know if you can see - this is from the Daily Mail newspaper showing a London Underground
train blown to pieces. This probably is the image that's captivated Londoners. It's the view of a
bus that's been blown apart. Something that Londoners have not seen in this part of the world. I
was in the Middle East before I came here. This was a very common sight in Israel, but not so much
on the streets of London. And another picture that I just wanted to show you. This one, too, of a
lady who's had her face badly burnt and a passerby who tried to help this woman and made sure that
she got off to hospital. In fact, he's looking for her today to try to find out what her condition
is. So, really London is reeling from these images that are just so foreign to them on home soil.
Of course, a lot of the horror is buried underground. Three of those bomb sites were underground
and so all people really have been able to see are pictures of people being rushed to hospital and
the cordons, as police try to continue their investigations underneath the ground.

ROS CHILDS: Jane, are Londoners blaming in any way the intelligence services and the security
services for simply failing to protect them?

JANE HUTCHEON: Look, the Home Secretary Charles Clarke has said very clearly that this came right
out of the blue. I think most Londoners on the contrary were quite surprised at how the emergency
services kicked in and how it was was a very slick act, really to get those - remember 700 people
were taken to hospital. That's an awful lot of people for central London to bear at one time. So I
think people have been quite impressed in the fact that things have get up and running the very
next morning. Interestingly, some international media commentators have been saying this is
obviously a failure on the part of security agents in London. But we also have to remember that the
size of the device, it's been revealed today, not one of them was over 10lbs or, say, about 20kgs.
This is a very small device that can be hidden in a small rucksack or bag and perhaps the scale of
the security operation that was already under way in London, in general, prevented the bombers from
carrying anything bigger on to those trains and on to that bus. We have to remember we've seen
half-tonne bombs, that's 500kg, that have literally brought buildings down and we didn't see
anything of that scale here, thankfully.

ROS CHILDS: Jane, what's going on in terms of finding out who's behind the attacks?

JANE HUTCHEON: Well, Scotland Yard today have made very clear that they are really they're not
going to spare a second, they're not going to waste a sinew of effort to try and find those
responsible for these bombings and at the moment all of the forensic operations, all of the
security support, they're looking through realms and realms of CCTV footage from the Underground
railway stations, they are trying to trace mobile phone records, anything that will give them some
indication of the cells that were involved in these bomb attacks.

ROS CHILDS: Jane, for now, thank you.