Panic Breaks Out on Oxford Street Amid Reports of 'Gunfire'

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Panic Breaks Out on Oxford Street Amid Reports of 'Gunfire'

Police in London have evacuated the streets around one of London's busiest underground stations, amid reports of gunshots and panicked crowds.

The Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying they responded to an "incident" at the Oxford Circus station.

It added that the station was reopened within 90 minutes, as police had "not located any trace of suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties".

An altercation between two men at the Oxford Circus tube station seemed to have sparked the event, leading to what has been reported as a "stampede" from the station, in which up to nine people may have been injured.

Chief Superintendent Martin Fry: "Thank you to everyone for bearing with us this evening and also to colleagues from all the emergency services who helped carry out a swift response".

Armed police were on the scene and are investigating the incident, according to witnesses.

Those who are not in the area should avoid travelling to Oxford Street.

The panic erupted on one of the busiest shopping days of the year in Oxford Circus
The panic erupted on one of the busiest shopping days of the year in Oxford Circus

Police rushed to London's busy Oxford Circus on Friday, sparking fears of a terror attack, but they have now stood down after finding no evidence to support reports of shots fired, the Metropolitan Police said.

Footage by one eyewitnesses shows people running down a street.

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"I was next to the Tube station and everyone started screaming and shouting and then a flood of people came up the stairs", 37-year-old Greg Owen said.

'Updates will be provided as soon as we have them.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said it was important not to become complacent after the false alarm.

Anyone with any information can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 citing reference 405 of 24/11.

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