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Police respond to 'incident' at Oxford Circus Tube station

Police respond to 'incident' at Oxford Circus Tube station

Police advised the public to avoid the Oxford Street area Friday. "Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from British Transport Police", it said in a statement.

Police are responding to an incident at Oxford Circus tube station in central London.

London Fire Brigade said they were called about the incident at 4:43pm, adding that three fire engines and 15 firefighters were at the scene.

"A full and methodical search of the station and Oxford Street was conducted by officers".

The reports sparked panic in the area around one of London's busiest subway stations.

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Video taken near the busy shopping street shows pedestrians running away from the scene after officers were called in following an accident.

The cause of the initial reports was not clear late Friday, but the fast and organized police response was a reminder that London is a city on high alert, following a string of terror attacks this year.

"Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related".

Nearby Bond Street Tube station had also been closed, to prevent overcrowding in wake of the incident. "If you sought shelter in a building please now leave", the Met Police said in a statement.

"I was next to the tube station and everyone started screaming and shouting and then a flood of people came up the stairs", local man Greg Owen told reporters.