Published on : Saturday, November 25, 2017
An altercation between two men created mass panic in London on one of the busiest shopping days of the year leading to visitors of London West End running and hiding, two tube stations closing and armed police racing to scene after the incident.
Armed police evacuated the UK’s biggest shopping district through crowds who were hunting for discounts on Black Friday but were sparked with the fears of a new attack.
Police want to speak to two men after an altercation “erupted” on a platform at the station, but say there is no evidence any weapons had been fired. Nine people were injured as hundreds ran to escape what they believed to be an attack on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm.
The incident started around 4.30pm and was centered on the tube station when young boys with a few girls were attacking each other. However, the witnesses said that they heard gunshots in the station. When they fled out of the station, hundreds of other Christmas shoppers on the street also started to run seeing them. Within minutes, Oxford Street and Bond Street underground stations were both closed and Scotland Yard was issuing alerts on social media warning people in the area to get inside the nearest building and stay there.
However, after searching the area for almost an hour, police announced that no suspects had been found and there was no evidence of any shots having been fired. Although some stores remained closed after the panic, most of the Oxford Circus area returned to normal. People returned to their evening commute and the Evening Standard distributors returned to their newsstands.