OZ expats shaken by latest terrorist attack in London

Published:  16 Sep at 6 PM
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Expats from Australia living and working in London have grave concerns after the latest in a series of terror attacks in the capital.

Reactions of Australian expats to the latest London terrorist attack are ranging between fear and a wish to return to their home country. The explosion and fire of the improvised bomb on a peak-hour commuter train at Parsons Green station is the fifth such attack since the beginning of 2017 and is causing emotions ranging from increased anxiety to a desire to leave the UK as fast as possible.

One Aussie living in Parsons Green, who uses the train to get to his workplace every day, told reporters the blast was the most scary of all this year’s attacks for most Australian expats. The area’s pubs and parks have made it an Aussie suburb and the antipodean community is close-knit as a result. He added everyone he knew had run through their smartphones’ list of friends, checking that all of them were safe.

Mother of a one-year old daughter Lucy Hinchcliffe is so concerned about the increase of terror attacks in the capital she is seriously considering returning to Queensland with her family. Her biggest fear is that they will be caught in another attack similar to the ones where terrorists have used cars to randomly kill pedestrians. She’s married to a Londoner and has lived in and around London for eight years, but now feels unsafe every time she leaves home. She’s also unhappy about the ever-rising cost of living and house prices.

Tamsin Sawle, also from Queensland, has now moved outside London in order to avoid the increasing stress of living in the city. She told reporters the bomb attack on the tube train had hit her hard, but believes life in London will continue as it always has. The explosion took place on the tube train she normally used to get into town, just one stop after her closest underground station, but she still believes not many Londoners will alter their routines as a response to this latest terror attack.
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