By Isha Sesay • 29 November 2019 • 16:07
LONDON BRIDGE has been put on lockdown after reports of a shooting in the area this afternoon (Friday, November 29).
A person is believed to have started attacking people with a knife and was then, according to witnesses, shot by the police.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police reveal that a number of people are believed to have been injured in the incident. Police have informed an editor at Sky News that there are up to five casualties.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they are dealing with an incident on London Bridge after they were called to reports of a stabbing at a premises near the bridge just before 2pm. A spokesman said:
“Police were called at 1.58pm to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge. Emergency services attended, including officers from the Met and City of London Police.
“A man has been detained by police. We believe a number of people have been injured.”
Videos have surfaced on social media which appears to show one armed police officer at the beginning of the north-side of the bridge crouched behind a police car aiming a gun. The video then moves to what appears to be a body on the pavement on the east-side of the bridge.
Another video shows an individual being held to the ground, with people being asked to back away and then a shot can be heard being fired.
Witnesses also report that pedestrians frantically ran back towards the south-side of the bridge, while drivers also abandoned their cars to flee on foot from the scene.
British Transport Police warn that London Bridge station is closed, while trains are also not stopping. Police have cordoned off the bridge.
The prime minister has tweeted that he is being updated on the incident and wanted to thank police and all emergency services for their response. Home Secretary Priti Patel also tweeted that she was “very concerned” about the incident.
We at Euro Weekly News will provide you with updates on this latest breaking story in due course.
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