26 November, 2017
Mass panic struck London yesterday after erroneous reports of shots fired.
The area, full of big-name chain shops and department stores, was packed with shoppers browsing Black Friday sales.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "Armed officers from BTP and MPS were quickly on scene".
The source of the panic remains unclear, but BBC News reporter Chi Chi Izundu claims that an "electrical fault" at the tube station may have been mistaken for the sound of a gunshot.
"At about 4.38pm we started to receive numerous 999 calls reporting shots fired in a number of locations on Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus tube station".
'Officers are continuing to search the area'. It is not yet cleared as to what set off the panic calls.
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Kensington Palace officials said the security alert will not keep Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate from attending a Royal Variety Performance Friday evening at the nearby London Palladium.
"Within... a couple of minutes there were armed response units and police cars absolutely everywhere".
Police rushed to London's busy Oxford Circus on Friday, sparking fears of a terror attack, but they have now stood down after finding no evidence to support reports of shots fired, the Metropolitan Police said.
Scotland Yard said police responded "as if the incident is terrorist related".
Pictures and video on social media showed armed officers at Oxford Circus station and people being led away from Oxford Street. I'm inside" before adding, "Really not sure what's happened!
He later defended his panicked tweets. It was briefly at the highest level, "critical" in September after a bomb partially detonated on a subway train in London, and in May, following the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 23 people.