London’s Oxford Circus station evacuated

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London’s Oxford Circus underground station in the heart of the British capital’s main shopping district was evacuated on Friday evening as armed police swooped in to tackle an unspecified incident, a Reuters witness and police said.

British Transport Police confirmed officers had been sent to the station to respond to the incident.

“If you are on Oxford Street go into a building. Officers are on scene and dealing,” London’s Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

The Reuters witness said Oxford Street had been packed with shoppers taking advantage of the Black Friday sales. The witness said the area had been cleared of people and traffic and fire engines and police were rushing to the scene.

“Oxford Circus Station is closed while we investigate a customer incident,” said the capital’s transport operator, Transport