An incident has occurred at Oxford Circus tube station in London with reports of shots fired and police responding “as if terrorist related”.
Armed police have evacuated the station amid reports of “an incident”.
The Metropolitan Police have issued the following statement:
“Police were called at 16:38hrs on Friday, 24 November to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station.
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.
If you are on Oxford Street go into a building and stay inside until further direction. Avoid travelling to the Oxford Street area.
At this stage police have not located any causalities.”
British Transport Police did not immediately confirm the cause of the alert, which came as shoppers flocked to central London on Black Friday.
Oxford Circus is the busiest rapid-transit station in the United Kingdom, with 98.51 million entries and exits in 2014
Police have told people to take cover inside buildings.
— James Horton (@Horton_James1) November 24, 2017
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.
— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
More updates as they come.