The world was left shocked on Wednesday 22nd March when a terrorist ploughed through pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge and crashed into railings on the Parliamentary estate, killing four people in total.
And beloved TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has revealed that he thought his wife, Ruth Langsford, could have been caught in the attack on her way home from presenting Loose Women.
Whilst chatting to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning, Eamonn revealed that Ruth is always based at ITV on Wednesdays to present the lifestyle show, and that Westminster Bridge is the route she usually takes home following the end of the show at 1.30pm.
“I was speaking to my wife Ruth who had just finished on Loose Women and she said, ‘I’m just heading home now’. Her normal route home would be within three minutes to this bridge and across there.”
But when the news broke of the attack, he panicked when he couldn’t get hold of his wife.
“When the news broke later – because it took 10, 15 minutes for the news to come out. I thought ‘Where’s Ruth?’, and I couldn’t get in touch with her!” If she had been on the bridge, she would have been there just as the attack took place.
(Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes presenting This Morning five days before the attack, on 17th March)
But it was just by a lucky twist of fate that Ruth managed to escape the vicious attack near Parliament, with Eamonn mentioning that she just happened to take a different route on that fateful day.
“It turned out amazingly she went in a different direction, it was just some freaky chance she went in a different direction.”
Had Ruth taken her normal route home in the car, she could well have been caught in the crosshairs of the vicious attack assaulted by Khalid Masood, who mowed down pedestrians, and stabbed one police officer, Keith Palmer, to death outside of Parliament.
Theresa May later revealed that the man responsible had been on MI5’s radar a couple of years ago, although he had never been convicted of terror offences before the attack.
He had previously been arrested for various assault incidences.