Trish Neis-Beer (left) with her daughter Paige in an earlier image at the Organic Market and Cafe in Stirling. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook
Trish Neis-Beer (left) with her daughter Paige in an earlier image at the Organic Market and Cafe in Stirling. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

Aussie's $75K claim after London attack

AN ADELAIDE woman whose foot was crushed in a car attack on pedestrians on a London Bridge will be able to claim up to $75,000 from the Australian government after it declared the attack a "terrorist act".

The government announced yesterday that Australian victims of the March 22 attack can seek the one-off payment to assist them financially and as "an important acknowledgment of their pain and suffering".

Attorney-General George Brandis and Human Services Minister Alan Tudge said the attack had been declared a "terrorist act" for the purposes of the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP) scheme.

It meant Australian residents harmed as a direct result of that attack may seek a payment up to $75,000, they said in a statement.

Patricia ("Trish") Neis-Beer, a German national and mother of two who lives and works in the Adelaide Hills, was injured in the attack on Westminster Bridge and underwent surgery for a crushed foot.

Ms Neis-Beer was injured when Khalid Masood drove his car into crowds of people at the popular tourist spot beside Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

He then fatally stabbed a police officer in the parliamentary precinct before he was shot dead by police.

Six people were killed and more than 30 people were injured in the attack.

Ms Neis-Beer has lived in Australia for most of her life and was in London on holiday, visiting her daughter Paige.

Mr Brandis and Mr Tudge said the Australian government extended its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed and injured and to the government and people of the UK.

The declaration brings the total number of overseas terrorist acts declared by the Australian government to 34.

 

News Corp Australia

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