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Australian woman injured in London attack expected to return home

An Adelaide Hills woman injured in the London terror attack may cut short a European holiday and return home once she is released from hospital, her relieved mother says.

Trish Neis-Beer was hit by a car driven by an Islamist extremist during a bloody rampage on Westminster Bridge and the grounds of Britain’s Parliament buildings on Wednesday.

Five people were killed and 40 others were injured in the attack by the so-called lone wolf terrorist, who was shot by police and died shortly afterwards.

Ms Neis-Beer, a German national who lives in Bridgewater and works in Stirling, is recovering in a London hospital from a foot injury after being struck by the car.

It is understood the 54-year-old mother underwent surgery on Thursday, Australian time.

Her mother Evelyn Neis-Conrad told News Corp yesterday that she was relieved her daughter survived the attack.

“I’m happy that she’s alive,” she said.

Nothing illustrates the random nature of the attack more than the different lives led by those killed.

Ms Neis-Beer, who works at the Stirling Organic Market Cafe, left for London earlier this month to travel and spend time with her daughter Paige in a trip planned to run until May.

The online vintage goods store proprietor has posted numerous photographs on social media with her daughter in what had been a dream holiday until the shock terror attack.

Ms Neis-Beer’s mother said she might cut short her trip once released from hospital, depending on how she recovered.

“She’s okay. She’s fine — she’s going to come home soon,” Ms Neis-Conrad said.

“She’s (being) looked after by the foreign affairs, German and Australian, and she’s fine.

“She has a daughter there (looking after her).”

Ms Neis-Beer’s daughter Paige, who lives in London, told Seven News her mother was shaken but very lucky.

Detectives are exploring the past of the middle-aged murderer of many aliases.

A close family friend who wanted to only be known by his first name of Thomas said Ms Neis-Beer was in good spirits and was eagerly anticipating her London trip when he spoke to her shortly before her departure.

Thomas said Ms Neis-Beer’s family remained shocked that the popular businesswoman had been caught up in the terror attack.

“Everybody is really upset … she probably was happy that she’s alive,” Thomas said.

Ms Neis-Beer, who runs online vintage clothes and homewares shop ’Retro and Roses’, posted a message about her trip on her business’s Facebook page on February 26.

“The travel bug has beckoned and I am travelling around England and Europe to visit my daughter and family,” she wrote.

“While I am away I hope to be inspired by different cultures and architecture.

“I wish to visit many vintage shops and famous flea markets in Europe.

“I would love if you stayed and shared my travels here on Facebook or Instagram.”

Pauline Hanson has made even more provocative comments over her demand for a ban on muslim immigration.

Her loyal customers posted well wishes on her page.

“Sorry to see that you are one of the victims in London Westminster massacre — Get well soon,” Sampath Kumar wrote.

Rebecca Jamieson wrote “Thinking of you xx” and Marianne Hamilton wrote “(Love) to your family”.

Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill Spragg said the local community felt for Ms Neis-Beer.

“It’s always a shock when someone from your community is affected in this way,” he said.

“We all feel a bit distressed and worried about her condition.

“You don’t expect this type of thing to happen in a civilised world.”

Mr Spragg, a regular Stirling Organic Market Cafe customer, wished her well.

“We all feel a bit distressed and worried about her condition”

Mayor Bill Spragg

“I’d like to wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her returning to Stirling and serving coffee again,” he said.

Bridgewater resident Jane Kuchel said it was “terrible” a local was injured in a terror attack.

“Unfortunately the world is basically becoming a place where you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said.

“It’s just a sign of the times. It’s just frightening.”

Nairne resident Jo Freebairn said it was a reminder to “live every moment”.

“Life is precious and one never knows who it might be,” she said.

“Sending thoughts and prayers to Ms Neis-Beer and her family and all people affected.”

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