‘Altercation men’ sought after Tube alert

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Equipped police have been stood down plus two central London Underground channels have reopened following reports associated with gunshots being fired at Oxford Circus.

Police wish to speak to two men after a good altercation “erupted” on a platform on the station, but say there is no proof any weapons had been fired.

Officers also want to talk to anyone who was at the station concerning the cause of the mass panic plus evacuation.

16 people were treated after they were wounded fleeing the station.

Oxford Circus was closed plus armed police were deployed subsequent reports that gunshots had been noticed inside the station.

Law enforcement initially treated the incident because potentially terrorism-related, while nearby Connection Street station was closed among fears of overcrowding.

The British Transport Police (BTP) said officers believe there was a good altercation between two men for the platform before the scare.

They have released CCTV images associated with two men they want to speak to.

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Image caption Police want to speak to two males after an altercation “erupted” on the platform

The Met said it started receiving “numerous” 999 calls confirming gunshots in Oxford Street with Oxford Circus station at sixteen: 38 GMT.

Oxford Circus – where Oxford Road and Regent Street meet : was cordoned off, while stores and businesses were placed in lockdown.

In a statement, the particular Met Police said: “Officers dealing with colleagues from British Transport Law enforcement carried out an urgent search from the area.

“No causalities, evidence of any shots fired or any type of suspects were located by law enforcement. ”

However , the particular force said there had been “significant” panic at station.

Sixteen people were injured as people fled from Oxford Circus place, in what witnesses said was “a stampede”.

A single patient was transferred to a major injury centre for leg injuries, whilst eight people were taken to central Greater london hospitals for minor injuries.

A further seven patients had been treated at the scene, the Greater london Ambulance Service added.

Scotland Yard said the procedure had been stood down at eighteen: 05 GMT.

Uk Transport Police said it obtained reports of gunfire on the westbound Central Line platform at Oxford Circus.

“This triggered a significant level of panic which led to numerous calls from members of the public confirming gunfire, ” the force stated.

“A full plus methodical search of the station plus Oxford Street was conducted simply by our specially trained firearms officials.

“During the lookup officers did not find any proof of gunfire at the station, ” this added.

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Image caption Armed police were used to the area, in central Greater london
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Picture caption Eyewitnesses said it had been “a very panicked scene”

Police stated additional officers would remain on responsibility in the West End to reassure the general public.

In a statement , Mayor associated with London Sadiq Khan praised the particular city’s emergency services for a “swift response”.

Meanwhile, the particular Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the Royal Range Performance, at the nearby London Palladium theatre.

However , their particular scheduled arrival was delayed simply by an hour, as a result of the incident.

A Kensington Structure spokesman said the royal few were in time for the start of the display, but the traditional pre-show meeting with a few of the performers had to be dropped.

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Media caption Video footage shows people fleeing Oxford Festival

The scare happened on Dark Friday, at a time when Oxford Road and the surrounding areas were filled up with shoppers.

BBC media reporter Helen Bushby said she got seen a “mass stampede” of individuals running away from the station within the panic.

“They had been crying, they were screaming, they were shedding their shopping bags. It was an extremely panicked scene, ” she additional.

“People said they will heard a gunshot and stress was just spreading. ”

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Media caption ‘People were running, screaming’

The girl spoke to a group of young women on Topshop, in Oxford Street, who else said people had dropped their particular shopping and ran as quickly as they can.

Greg Owen, thirty seven, from London, said he had been at Oxford Circus station when folks began running away.

“I was next to the Pipe station and everyone started shouting and shouting and then a overflow of people came up the stairs, inch he added.

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