Oxford Circus alert caused by 'altercation' between two men, say police
- Author: Kyle Peterson Nov 27, 2017,
Nov 27, 2017, 0:50
Friday's incident occurred on one of the biggest shopping days of the year in the U.K. Although it's a working day, scores of retailers were running Black Friday discount sales in-store and online.
Police are looking into what led people to flee the station.
British Transport police said the incident was believed to have started when an altercation erupted between two men on the platform.
Ch Supt Martin Fry said: "I would like to thank the public and the media for assisting us with this witness appeal".
"We discharged seven patients at the scene and took eight patients to two central London hospitals for minor injuries".
Police initially treated the incident as potentially terror related, but officers stood down after finding no evidence of shots being fired.
British Transport Police have called on eyewitnesses to come forward and share information about the incident and what triggered the mass panic.
A photo of police vehicles at Oxford Circus was also included with the caption: "Armed officers have arrived at the scene after a lorry is reported to have ploughed into pedestrians".
People were seen fleeing the Oxford Circus Tube station, taking shelter in nearby buildings and holding each other as police descended on the area to respond to the reports.
At upmarket department store Selfridges, shoppers were ordered to leave.
Police have said that an "altercation" on a tube platform at Oxford Circus was to blame for the mass panic on Friday evening (24 November).
"I got up to the top by the ticket barriers and they were all open". People unsure of what was going on joined crowds of people running away.
"She said there had been a stampede because something had happened". I am also an editor for Turning Point News and a foreign correspondent for Snip.And in case you were wondering, it's supposed to be pronounced "Wit-2". "Officers are on scene and dealing", police tweeted.
"We were in the Kingdom of candies and then saw a massive crowd of people running and screaming. More updates to follow", they said.
Paying tribute to the "swift response" of emergency services, mayor Sadiq Khan urged Londoners to "remain vigilant and don't panic".