Moving tributes paid to Westminster terror attack victims

Kurt Cochran was also killed

Kurt Cochran was also killed

Dozens more were injured in the March 22, 2017 attack carried out by 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who was shot dead after crashing his vehicle and rushing onto the Parliament grounds.

Family, friends and colleagues of the 48-year-old uniformed officer paid tribute at the Old Bailey inquest into the victims' deaths.

Mark Lucraft, QC, began by telling the inquest at the Old Bailey: "The lives of many were torn apart by 82 seconds of high and awful drama".

In the space of 82 seconds Masood, 52, knocked down Cochran; Leslie Rhodes, 75; Aysha Frade, 44 and Andreea Cristea, 31, before stabbing PC Palmer to death at the gates to the Palace of Westminster. "I was so lucky to have had 25 wonderful years with the man of my dreams".

Her husband John said she had been anxious about security after her office moved to the area, but her family had tried to reassure her.

He said: "His fearless actions that day did not surprise me".

"In truth, it still doesn't feel like she has gone". I cherish every single memory we made.

"No words will bring Kurt back or anyone else who has died senselessly in such cowardly attacks on humanity". "The way he turned the auto to change the direction", she told the Old Bailey. It was followed by the May bombing of a concert hall in Manchester, a June attack on London Bridge and Borough Market and an attack in the same month on a mosque in Finsbury Park.

The statement from her family included a note from Ms Cristea, which was written on her final New Year's Eve in which she told of her hopes for the coming year.

Mr Cochran acted with "instinctive courage" when he pushed his wife out of the path of the hired Hyundai Tuscon driven by Masood, the court heard.

She said: "People can not understand how this despicable act of futile atrocity has impacted on not only her families' lives but also herself".

Several of the victims' relatives temporarily left the court while CCTV footage of the attack was played, after Lucraft warned that the images would be distressing. "He was deliberately targeting pedestrians".

He said it appeared people were being hit like "human bowling pins" and "thrown in the air like rag dolls".