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Oxford Circus: Police stood down after incident in central London

Update: Police stood down after incident in central London


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Oxford Circus: police respond ‘as if incident terrorist-related’ after gunshots reportedly fired – live updates” was written by Haroon Siddique, for theguardian.com on Friday 24th November 2017 17.43 UTC

‘No evidence of shots fired or casualties’

The Met police have released an updated statement, which suggests the incident may not be as serious as initially feared, although it continues to advise people taking cover in buildings to remain there and others to leave the area. It says:

To date police have not located any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or causalities. Officers continue to work with colleagues from British Transport Police in the area of Oxford Circus.

Updates will be provided as soon as we have them.

If you are in building stay in a building, if you are on the street in Oxford Street leave the area.

Officers are continuing to search the area.

One eyewitness, Paula, was on the 390 bus going towards London Victoria. She said:

I saw about 10 armed police jump out of a van and run towards the station. Then they closed the station gates. Next thing, the bus closed us in and kept on driving away. Then there were quite a lot of people screaming on the bus, and he let us off. The police kept moving us down and shouting for us to get away. I heard people shouting that someone has been shot.

British Transport Police says one woman has sustained a minor injury but it sounds like it was in the panic leaving the station:

Some fifty minutes on from the first reports at 4.37pm, no casualties had been located, nor had any suspects.The reports concern the Oxford Street area, in an around Oxford Circus tube station, which would have been hugely busy. It is rush hour in the capital with the Oxford Street area always busy with shoppers and commuters.

Police set up a cordon outside Oxford Circus underground station.
Police set up a cordon outside Oxford Circus underground station. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

This video shows the panic unfolding:

London Fire Brigade are also at the scene in force:

The Met police have said they are responding to an incident on Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus tube station.

In a statement, it said:

Police were called at 4.38pm on Friday, 24 November to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station.

Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from British Transport Police.

If you are on Oxford Street go into a building and stay inside until further direction.

Avoid travelling to the Oxford Street area.

At this stage police have not located any casualities.

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