The Metropolitan Police reopens Oxford Circus Tube Station in London after no evidence of gunshots or presence of any terrorist was found on Friday.
Hundreds of commuters using the subway station were evacuated amid reports of gunshots on Friday. Armed police were rushed to the station after a gunman was reported to have fired several rounds of bullet.
British Transport Police confirmed injury of one woman during evacuation process at Oxford Circus subway station, one of the busiest.
“At this stage, we have received one report of a woman sustaining a minor injury when leaving Oxford Circus station. There are no other reported casualties. More updates to follow,” tweeted British Transport Police.
At this stage, we have received one report of a woman sustaining a minor injury when leaving Oxford Circus station. There are no other reported casualties. More updates to follow.— BTP (@BTP) November 24, 2017
However, the British Police denied any gunshots being fired at the station. The department tweeted, “Following our call to Oxford Circus, we have been unable find any evidence of gunfire. We remain on scene alongside @metpoliceuk and advise you to avoid Oxford Circus and Regents Street areas.”
In a statement the British Police said, “At 4.37pm (London local time) this afternoon, officers were called to Oxford Circus station following reports of gunfire on the westbound Central Line platform.”
The statement further read, “Passengers at the station then self-evacuated the station onto Oxford Circus and Regent Street area of London. This caused a significant level of panic which resulted in numerous calls from members of the public reporting gunfire.”
British Police also tweeted, “They were responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus subway station, one of London's busiest station.”
The Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police in a series of tweets have asked people to avoid the Oxford Circus tube station and as a security measure no trains are stopping at the Oxford Circus subway station.
The British Transport Police tweeted, “Please continue to avoid the Oxford Street and Regent Street area. If you are in the area, go into a building and stay inside until further notice. Oxford Circus and Bond Street Tube remain shut @metpoliceuk @TfL.”
Please continue to avoid the Oxford Street and Regent Street area. If you are in the area, go into a building and stay inside until further notice.November 24, 2017
“Our officers are on the scene at #OxfordCircus tube station with @BTP Please avoid the Oxford Circus area whilst we deal with the incident,” tweeted the Metropolitan Police.
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. Given the nature of the info received we responded as if the incident was terrorism, including the deployment of armed officers— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 24, 2017
Security agencies have engaged three fire engines and 15 firefighters at the tube station.