Liverpool explosion: Mum’s anxiety as blast happened just after she gave birth

Liverpool: Merseyside Police give statement after taxi explosion

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The couple were unaware of the blast in which a man died and another, David Perry, suffered serious injuries. They welcomed their baby at 10am yesterday and only discovered the explosion had destroyed a taxi parked outside the hospital when the dad, who wishes not to be named, went outside to get some fresh air.

The man chose not to tell his partner at the time as she was taken into theatre.

“I heard someone say something has happened outside but my baby had just been born,” the father told Liverpool Echo.

“[My partner] was in theatre, I didn’t tell her, I only found out when I came down here and saw the taxi guy come out and he had blood all over his head.

“You just don’t expect it to happen at a hospital.”

The mum, who is still in hospital with the baby, is anxious after what happened and is keen to get home.

Merseyside Police have officially declared the explosion a terrorist attack. An improvised explosive device appears to have caused the blast at the hospital, which is near the Georgian Quarter in the centre of the city.

David Perry, the taxi driver caught up in the horror, is understood to have been released from hospital and to now be back at home.

Three men aged 21, 26 and 29 were arrested on Sunday under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.

A fourth man, aged 20, was arrested today in connection with the incident.

Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Serena Kennedy, said: “I completely understand that communities in Merseyside may be concerned and I can reassure you that my officers are out on the ground and providing high visibility reassurance.

“There is no specific threat to the area, but I have asked for patrols to be increased across Merseyside.

“Incidents such as this are very rare, but I would ask people to remain calm, but be vigilant and alert.

“There has also been a lot of speculation on social media and false reports of further incidents, for that reason I would urge members of the public to rely on the official information which will released on our Twitter feed @MerseyPolice and the Merseyside Police website for information, or @GMPolice or the Greater Manchester Police website.”

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