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This Morning viewers outraged by emergency terror attack coverage

There was an explosive at Parsons Green tube station in London

On Friday morning news broke that there had been an explosion at Parsons Green tube station in London, which has now been confirmed as a terror attack.

BBC Breakfast initially broke the news and now ITV’s This Morning have changed their usual schedule to show live coverage of the attack.

But viewers have slated the show after a guest made “horrendous” advice for passengers who regularly travel on the tube.

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The show shared live coverage of the attack at the start of the show (Credit: ITV)

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The show has been speaking to eye-witnesses who were on the tube at the time of the attack as presenter Alison Bear got live eye-witness reports from the scene.

The show has also changed its phone-in topic and will focus it around what to do in a terror attack.

Terror expert Dr Sally Leivesley spoke to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford via video call about her advice for those who ever find themselves in one of these awful situations.

But Sally angered viewers after advising people to “wear sensible shoes” so they can run away from any attacks.

Viewers are not happy and took to Twitter to vent about the show’s coverage.

Sally angered viewers with her advice (Credit: ITV)

One said on Twitter: “Is this woman serious, advising people to wear sensible shoes so they can run #ThisMorning.”

Another added: “#thismorning “Wear sensible shoes.”? And that’s your advice, is it? #parsonsgreen.”

“Since when did @thismorning become an on-the-scene news broadcaster? They are proper banging on the drum today,” a third tweeted.

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Another said: “‘Wear sensible shoes on your way to work incase you need to run from terror’ what a sad world we now live in.”

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Sally continued her adivce saying: “The important thing is the find these people.

“If people see something that a person is carrying that is quite heavy it is important so they can get themselves away very quickly and report.”

Breaking the news earlier this morning BBC Breakfast presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt said: “We want to bring you right up to date with a breaking news story coming in this morning of reports coming in the last few minutes.

“Police are saying they are aware of an incident in London, this is Parsons Green’s underground station, there were reports earlier on this morning about some sort of ‘explosion’ eye witnesses suggesting they heard an explosion this is at Parsons Green’s underground station, which is of course on the District line.”

“Police are not saying anything at the minute as they are not sure what has happened – witnesses saying a small fire or perhaps an explosion,” they added.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service later tweeted to its 1.04million followers: “Police were called at approx. 8:20am to #ParsonsGreen following reports of an incident on a tube train.

“Officers attended with @BTP along with @LondonFire & @Ldn_Ambulance We would advise people to avoid the area. More info as we get it.”

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The device was left on a carriage at the rear of the train (Credit: ITV)

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.21am and we have information there was a fire on a train eastbound at the platform at Parsons Green. We have got two fire engines there.”

It’s believed that a chemical device was set off inside of a carriage on the train leaving more than 20 people, including children, injured including severe burns.

The device was a bunch of wires coming out of a white bucket which was wrapped in a Lidl bag and wasn’t detonated fully.

It’s been said that if the device didn’t fail to detonate fully the explosion would have been much larger.

The explosion was at rush-hour this morning while terrified passengers made their usual commute to work.

The attack took place during rush hour Friday morning (Credit: ITV)

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One witness, called Luke, told 5 live: “It happened just as we were pulling up to the Tube station so everyone just sort of piled out of the Tube and there was a distinct smell of burning.”

Another eyewitness Richard told This Morning: “It was pandemonium, absolute panic and terror.”

It’s now believed that Police have launched a manhunt to find whoever left the bomb on the train.

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