Oxford Circus: police interview two men over tube station incident

London's Oxford Circus underground station evacuated armed police on scene

During the incident, sections of Oxford Street were cordoned off and Black Friday shoppers were urged to take cover in shops.

A woman who sustained minor injuries as people rushed out of the busy Underground station is believed to be the only person hurt in the incident.

"The station is now closed, please avoid the area at this time", they said.

Police in London have said that an altercation between two men on a central London Tube platform may have sparked mass panic and a terror alert that led to a section of the city being placed on lockdown.

Eyewitnesses reported being caught in "stampedes" and said there was "pandemonium" as police treated the incident as if it was terrorist-related.

"Officers are responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus station", British Transport Police said on Twitter.

The latest police appeal comes after crowds of people poured out of Selfridges department store, all Underground trains were stopped in the area, traffic was blocked and officers locked people inside shops.

In a statement, the Met Police said: "No casualties, evidence of any shots fired or any suspects were located by police".

Armed police officers on Oxford Street after the incident.

"I'm in the back office. but people screaming and running towards exits!"

As in any major incident these days, social media was awash with confused reports from Oxford Circus tonight, many of which turned out to be inaccurate.

Shoppers were barricaded inside stores on Oxford Street and armed police were deployed after the alarm was raised during the evening rush hour.

As Oxford Circus returned to normal late Friday, Jace Tyrrell, chief executive officer at the New West End Company, said: "This is a very high footfall area and safety and security are number-one priorities for everyone working in the district. I am glad nobody was hurt", she said. "I think people were so unsure what had happened they were running in all directions".

"We were in the Kingdom of candies and then saw a massive crowd of people running and screaming".

The police said they had found no evidence of previously reported gunshots, and that there were no casualties. "This year worldwide spend is expected to reach 54 million pounds, with domestic spend up to 100 million during the one-day sales bonanza", a spokesperson said.


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