‘Incident’ reported at London’s Oxford Circus station, armed police on scene
British Transport Police said they were called to Oxford Street Tube following reports of shots fired.world Updated: Nov 24, 2017 23:41 IST
The bustling junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street in central London quickly emptied on Friday evening following reports of some shots being fired causing a stampede, but Scotland Yard confirmed there were no traces or any shots or casualties.
The busy shopping area decked up in thousands of street lights on ‘Black Friday’, the annual pre-Christmas shopping day that draws a large number of shoppers, wore a deserted look within minutes. Trains bypassed tube stations in the area - Oxford Circus and Bond Street.
We continue to respond to an incident at Oxford Circus. The station is currently closed, please avoid the area at this time. Officers are on scene.— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
At 16:37 we were called to Oxford Street Tube following reports of shots fired. Armed officers from BTP and @metpoliceuk are on scene working to establish exactly what happened.— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
Thousands of people sought refuge inside large shops as the police and emergency services treated initial reports as terrorist-related. But the police soon confirmed that there were no casualties.
“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 (BTP) in the area of Oxford Circus”, Scotland Yard said about an hour after the first reports were received.
Details were awaited as officials were investigating, while some shops were evacuated.
First Published: Nov 24, 2017 22:52 IST