Reports of shots fired in Oxford Circus 'incident'
PUBLISHED: 17:36 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:01 24 November 2017
Shots have reportedly been fired at Oxford Street in London, with the area evacuated due to an "incident".
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.
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.