Oxford Circus Underground station in London has been evacuated, British Transport Police (BTP) have confirmed. Armed police are on the scene.
According to Twitter user Assed Baig, there is “Panic at Oxford Circus as people shout bomb!” while BBC journalist Kawoon Khamoosh said “too much police in Oxford Circus. People are screaming and running trying to escape the area. Everything was normal, changed in a min.”
Another Twitter user Chi Chi Izundu says she has been locked in clothing store Zara until “the situation is under control.” She added that people “panicked and ran for cover into the changing rooms.”
BTP did not immediately confirm the cause of the alert. It tweeted: “We continue to respond to an incident at Oxford Circus. The station is currently closed, please avoid the area at this time. Officers are on scene.”
The evacuation came as thousands of shoppers flocked to central London to shop the Black Friday sales.