London:'Gunshots fired' as armed police surround Oxford Circus tube station and shoppers are locked in stores

Daily Mail

Hundreds have been evacuated from Oxford Circus tube station amid reports of gunshots. Armed police have arrived on scene after a gunman was reported to have fired shots. The area is in lockdown and comes on one of the busiest shopping days of the year and pedestrians are being asked to inside buildings as police flood the area.

Greg Bird told MailOnline he was sat outside a coffee shop near Oxford Circus station when he saw ‘about 50 people sprinting around the corner and screaming’. He left the scene and is unsure what is happening now but said armed police are still heading towards the station. London's Metropolitan Police said: '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 said: "Officers are responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus station. Officers are on scene, more information when we get it."
Transport for London said on Twitter: "Oxford Circus Station is closed while we investigate a customer incident.