London police find no sign of shooting after Oxford Street panic

Nov 26, 2017, 01:01
London police find no sign of shooting after Oxford Street panic

No Malaysians were injured in the mass panic and stampede at Oxford Street and the Oxford Circus Underground Station in London on Friday, following false reports of shots being fired.

"No causalities, evidence of any shots fired or any suspects were located by police", the statement said.

British police is investigating the "incident" and have asked commuters to avoid the area.

The Oxford Circus station is at the heart of London's shopping hub, Regent Street, and is only minutes away from Piccadilly Circus.

The area, full of big-name chain shops and department stores, was packed with shoppers browsing Black Friday sales.

British Transport Police said there was "a significant level of panic", adding that it was "examining the circumstances of the incident which resulted in the station being evacuated".

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"At about 4.38pm we started to receive numerous 999 calls reporting shots fired in a number of locations on Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus tube station".

There are also reports that an electric fault at Oxford Circus station may have been the cause of the "gunshot" noises. Armed officers were quickly deployed to the scene, however, the operation has since been stood down and the station reopened. Police everywhere!' he's tweeted.

"Before it all I saw about 30 police officers speeding down the street", Lanna Woodward, a resident of the United States traveling in London, told Sky News.

Police have said that terror attacks are being planned with more intensity than ever before, and have a much better chance of succeeding than in the past.

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