Schwarten safe after explosions hit London

By MIKE SCOTT

MEMBER for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten, who was in London at the time of the blasts that rocked the underground stations, last night notified his family he was safe.

Mr Schwarten and his wife Judy confirmed their safety through state government channels.

They were unable to call family due to mobile phone servers being down.

It is believed the couple were on their way to Wembley Stadium when the explosions occurred.

"Absolute chaos'' is how Australian journalist Phil Lutton described London after explosions ripped through the central city.

"Basically the whole city is in lock down. There's no buses, no trains, no underground.''

Every few minutes the sirens of emergency vehicles could be wailing past the Earl Court office of travellers magazine TNT UK where Mr Lutton works as news editor.

Mr Lutton, from the Sunshine Coast, did not know of any Australians injured in the blasts but already there were stories of close calls. His girlfriend traveling to work on the underground was only 10 minutes ahead of the Moorgate bomb.

"It's a pretty scary place.

"I think a lot of Aussies in London are going to think twice about their safety. "I don't want to overreact but it's scary. Everyone uses the tube.

"We got into the office and were looking at photos of buses with tops ripped off.''

Despite communication lines being down the magazine's staff were attempting to call, email and text from family and friends in Australia.



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