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Met Police respond to incident in Oxford Circus

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The Met Police responded to an incident on London’s Oxford Street early on Friday evening.

They initially said on their official Twitter account that there were “a number of reports of shots fired” and they were responding “as if the incident is terrorist related”. They added that “armed and unarmed officers are on scene” and that they were working alongside colleagues from the British Transport Police.

They have since updated their Twitter feed to say that the incident has been “stood down”, while the British Transport Police offered a “big thank you for bearing with us”.

“At about 16:38 we started to receive numerous 999 calls reporting shots fired in a number of locations on #OxfordStreet & at Oxford Circus tube station,” the Met Police said on Twitter. “Given the nature of the info received we responded as if the incident was terrorism, including the deployment of armed officers.

“Additional officers remain on duty in the West End to reassure the public. We thank the public for their patience and assistance during our response. If you see anything suspicious dial 999 immediately.”

Transport for London confirmed that Oxford Circus station and Bond Street station have both re-opened to the public.

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