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Saturday, 24 February

Oxford Circus Gunshot Reports Dismissed

British Transport Police issued an update at 6:00pm on Friday November 24 following reports of gunshots having been fired at London's Oxford Circus underground station.

At 4.37pm, officers were called to Oxford Circus station following reports of gunfire on the westbound Central Line platform. 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.

Officers responded in line with procedures of a terrorist incident, this included armed officers from British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police. A full and methodical search of the station and Oxford Street was conducted by specially trained firearms officers.

During the search, officers did not find any evidence of gunfire at the station.

Once the situation was clarified,  Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command did not attend.

The Tube station was reopened at 6:10pm.

Picture: Oxford Street tube station - for illustration purposes only

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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