Panic In Central London After Reports Of Incident Near Busy Shopping Street

"Given the nature of the info received we responded as if the incident was terrorism, including the deployment of armed officers", police added. Met police officers are urging people in the area to go into a building, or remain inside.

Armed police have arrived on the scene to handle the situation after a gunman was reported to be firing shots.

A statement by the Metropolitan Police said that they were called at 4:38 p.m.to "a number of reports of shots fired" on the Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station. "Officers are on scene and dealing (with it)", the Metropolitan Police said on their official Twitter feed.

"Our response on Oxford Street has now been stood down".

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There was panic among rush-hour commuters and Black Friday shoppers in central London on Friday, with hundreds of people fleeing the scene. "No casualties, evidence of any shots fired or any suspects were located by police".

"I was next to the tube station and everyone started screaming and shouting and then a flood of people came up the stairs", local man Greg Owen told reporters.

Oxford Circus station is closed.

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