Brief lockdown in central London over reports of shots fired

Brief lockdown in central London over reports of shots fired

Brief lockdown in central London over reports of shots fired

Shops and businesses are on lockdown in the area, and police advised people nearby to "go into a building".

Reuters have reported that London's Oxford Circus underground station is being evacuated and that armed police are on the scene.

It is unclear what prompted the alert: British Transport Police referred to an "incident" and Transport for London said its staff were dealing with a "customer incident".

The police have not located any casualties at this time.

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Armed police run along Oxford Street, London, Britain November 24, 2017. The Metropolitan Police has confirmed its officers are also attending. "Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related".

Video taken near the busy shopping street shows pedestrians running away from the scene after officers were called in following an accident.

Oxford Circus is one of the British capital's most popular retail streets and many would have been finishing work to enjoy their Friday nights or Christmas shopping.

Sky News reported Bond Street and Oxford Circus tube stations were close but have since been reopened. "If you sought shelter in a building please now leave", the Met Police said in a statement. "The station is now closed, please avoid the area at this time".

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