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Reported shots fired at Oxford Street station - UPDATE

ALARMED: Police in Oxford Circus

POLICE WERE called to Oxford Street this afternoon after a number of reports of shots fired at the station and surrounding area.

The force were notified of the incident at 4.30pm, and have responded to the incident as if it was terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from British Transport Police.

At this stage police have not located any casualties.

On Twitter, British Transport Police said: "Officers are responding to reports of an incident at OxfordCircus station. Officers are on scene, more information when we get it."

Transport for London said on Twitter: "Oxford Circus Station is closed while we investigate a customer incident."

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UPDATE: "The Met response on Oxford Street has now been stood down. If you sought shelter in a building please now leave and follow the direction of police officers on the ground if you need assistance.

At 16:38hrs on Friday, 24 November police started to receive numerous 999 calls within a short space of time reporting shots fired in a number of locations on Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus underground station.

Given the nature of the information received, the Met responded in line with our existing operation as if the incident was terrorism, including the deployment of armed officers.

Officers working with colleagues from British Transport Police carried out an urgent search of the area. No causalities, evidence of any shots fired or any suspects were located by police.

Some cordons remain in place and 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."

Police believe no gunshots were fired.

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