London police respond to reports of shots fired at Oxford Circus

Police say officers have been stood down after responding to reports of shots being fired on Oxford Street in central London.

The Metropolitan police said they could find no evidence of shots being fired, there were no reports of serious casualties and they had not located any suspects. Oxford Circus and Bond Street Underground stations were closed but had since reopened

 

British Transport Police said on Twitter they had “one report of a woman sustaining a minor injury when leaving Oxford Circus station”.

Scotland Yard said: “Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from British Transport Police.”

Earlier, the BTP said they were called at 4.37pm on Friday and advised people to avoid the area around Oxford Circus station. The Metropolitan police Twitter account advised people on Oxford Street to go inside, and told people in shops to remain in place.

Transport for London said it was investigating a “customer incident” and that trains were not stopping at the stations during the closures.

TThe London fire brigade said it had three engines and 15 firefighters at the scene.

Multiple witnesses on social media reported seeing people running away from the station and described panic in the area.

The incident happened on Black Friday, the annual pre-Christmas shopping day that draws more people than normal to high streets to buy heavily discounted bargains.