UK expats in America devastated by London terror attack

Published:  23 Mar at 6 PM
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British expatriates living in the USA are devastated by yesterday’s terrorist attack in Westminster.

British expats across the USA reported shock and horror as the as–it-happens details of the fatal terrorist attack were broadcast on CNN and the BBC. The USA is no stranger to terror, but British citizens living across the pond were especially hard hit by the fact the attack took place at the site of the world’s oldest parliament in spite of the heavy security in the area.

One couple who used to run a restaurant in London and are now the owners of another in Tampa Bay, Florida, told a local TV channel they’d experienced mixed emotions as the shocking news unfolded. Michael Vanderburg and his wife Suzy said they were horrified, but not exactly surprised, as they’d experienced the London terrorist attacks by the IRA and become used to the ongoing threat.

The couple believe yesterday’s attack, combined with the co-ordinated 2007 London Transport bombs, has resulted in Londoners being prepared for the worst on a 24/7 basis.
According to Michael, he’s not blasé about it, but had become used to living with the thought it might well happen again. He added London is his hometown, and he’s worried about friends and family still living in the capital, whilst Suzy said the horrible violence now going on all over the world doesn’t even accomplish anything.

Darly Dewhurst lives in North Texas, and is worried about his family and friends in London, several of whom work close by the centre of the terrorist attack. He spent years as a policeman in Manchester and is especially concerned about police officers who are always first responders in attacks of this type. He told the media he’d been very shocked, and can’t stop thinking about those who died or are in hospital fighting for their lives.

Sheela Bailey, the owner and founder of the British Emporium grocery in Grapevine, said she’d called home immediately she’d become aware of the ongoing attack. She’s lived in the USA for decades, but a number of her close relatives still live in London and her brother works near the site of the attack. When you’re so far away from home, she said, something like this hits right at your heart and you immediately think about your family and friends. She’s very concerned that terrorism could strike in such an iconic, supposedly secure area.
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