PC Keith Palmer’s family have accused Scotland Yard of blocking their pursuit of truth at his inquest, claiming that they have been made to feel worth less than the terrorist who murdered him.

Angela Clark and Michelle Palmer, the sisters of the unarmed Met officer who was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood, said that their questions about vulnerabilities in parliamentary security had been ignored and that they felt “battered and undervalued”.

They were told that they were part of the policing family after a pomp and ceremony funeral following the terrorist attack in March last year but claimed that they had since faced hostility from the Met at the inquests.

PC Palmer’s sisters, who were also speaking on behalf of their 71-year-old mother, expressed concern that the Met was “scapegoating” junior officers over apparent security failures during the attack by Masood, who first killed four pedestrians by driving his car into them on Westminster Bridge.

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