London’s Oxford Street underground station reopens after incident

An armed policeman runs down Oxford Street in central London on November 24, 2017, as police responded to an incident. British police said they were responding to an 'incident' at Oxford Circus in central London on Friday along with have evacuated the Underground station, in an area thronged with people on a busy shopping day.

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An armed policeman runs down Oxford Street in central London on November 24, 2017, as police responded to an incident. British police said they were responding to an ‘incident’ at Oxford Circus in central London on Friday along with have evacuated the Underground station, in an area thronged with people on a busy shopping day.

London’s Oxford Circus underground station inside heart of the British capital’s main shopping district was briefly evacuated on Friday evening as armed police swooped in to tackle an unspecified incident, a Reuters witness along with police said.

Police eventually said which they had stood down their response.

The police force said they had received reports which shots had been fired on Oxford Street along with inside nearby underground station, which they were responding to as if the item might be terrorist-related.

They later said there was no evidence which shots were fired, or which there were any casualties. The station has since been reopened.

“Police were called at 16:38 hrs … to quite a few reports of shots fired on Oxford Street along with underground at Oxford Circus tube station,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“Police have responded as if the incident will be terrorist related. Armed along with unarmed officers are on scene” the police added.

The police have not yet located any suspects.

“If you are on Oxford Street go into a building. Officers are on scene along with dealing,” London’s Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

The Reuters witness said Oxford Street had been packed with shoppers taking advantage of the Black Friday sales. The witness said the area had been cleared of people along with traffic along with fire engines along with police were rushing to the scene.

“Oxford Circus Station will be closed while we investigate a customer incident,” said the capital’s transport operator, Transport for London, adding trains were not stopping at the station due to the incident.

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