London police stand down after Oxford Circus incident

London police stand down after Oxford Circus incident

London police stand down after Oxford Circus incident

The force said they "responded as if the incident is terrorist related".

Another added: "Too much police in Oxford Circus Street".

"Police were called at 4:38 pm (1638 GMT).to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station", London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "Avoid area if possible". "Officers are on scene and dealing", said the Met.

In a statement the Met said: "Given the nature of the information received, the Met responded in line with our existing operation as if the incident was terrorism, including the deployment of armed officers".

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Armed officers of the metropolitan police and transport police were deployed at the spot even as three fire engines and 15 firefighters were rushed to the site. They gave no details on what happened, but crowds were seen running down Oxford Street, a shopping strip usually busy with pedestrians and heavy traffic.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing people screaming on the platform and seeing a stampede of riders trying to leave the station.

"People said they heard a gunshot and panic was just spreading".

"Retailers, restaurants and businesses also came together to protect the public and their staff".

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