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Reports of shots fired in Oxford Circus 'incident'

PUBLISHED: 17:36 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:01 24 November 2017

The scene outside the London Palladium after Oxford Circus station in London was evacuated because of an

The scene outside the London Palladium after Oxford Circus station in London was evacuated because of an "incident". Picture:: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shots have reportedly been fired at Oxford Street in London, with the area evacuated due to an "incident".

The scene in Oxford Street in London after police responded to a number of reports of shots being fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station and are responding as if the incident is terrorist related. Picture: Georgina Stubbs/PA WireThe scene in Oxford Street in London after police responded to a number of reports of shots being fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station and are responding as if the incident is terrorist related. Picture: Georgina Stubbs/PA Wire

People have been said to have been seen running out of Oxford Circus station, with police responding as if the incident is terrorist related, Scotland Yard said.

On Twitter, British Transport Police said: “Officers are responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus station. Officers are on scene, more information when we get it.”

Scotland Yard urged anyone on Oxford Street to “go into a building”.

The area will have been packed with rush-hour commuters and shoppers along the shopping street.

People in 'lockdown' in London Palladium after Oxford Circus station in London was evacuated because of an People in 'lockdown' in London Palladium after Oxford Circus station in London was evacuated because of an "incident". Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The British Transport Police added: “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.”

Transport for London said on Twitter: “Oxford Circus Station is closed while we investigate a customer incident.”

Greg Owen, 37, from London, said: “I was next to the tube station and everyone started screaming and shouting and then a flood of people came up the stairs.”

One woman named Maaiysa, a journalist for TRT, tweeted that she heard “gunshots” as well as screams and sirens from her office near Oxford Circus, and posted video of people running away from the station.

“Never seen such panic. People flooded into our offices, looking for shelter, shaking,” she wrote.

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