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London police say have stood down after Oxford Street incident

London police say have stood down after Oxford Street incident

LONDON (AP) - British police said Friday they were responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus subway station, one of London's busiest.

The police said they received "a number of reports" of shots being fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station around 16:30 hours (local time), prompting them to urge people to avoid the area until further directions and those already there to seek cover in buildings. "Avoid area if possible".

Scotland Yard said police responded "as if the incident is terrorist related".

This includes the Royal Variety Performance at the nearby London Palladium going ahead as planned, although the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been delayed.

The area remains closed, with British Transport Police officers on the scene.

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An armed policeman runs down Oxford Street in central London on November 24, 2017, as police responded to an incident. The Metropolitan Police has confirmed its officers are also attending.

"We have not located any trace of suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties", they added.

Video taken near the busy shopping street shows pedestrians running away from the scene after officers were called in following an accident.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing people screaming on the platform and seeing a stampede of riders trying to leave the station.

"Retailers, restaurants and businesses also came together to protect the public and their staff".

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